The Weeknd’s performance was the shock factor that the Super Bowl LV needed. The half time segment, officially known as the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, took place on February 7, 2021, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
While donning a sparkly red suit and a black button-up, the singer started his set behind a city inspired backdrop and what seems to be a church choir. During this time, he performed “Starboy” and “The Hills.”
During his second set, he got a close shot of himself pacing around in what seems to be a maze-like hallway full of gold mirrors. Amidst this unique assemble, he performed his hit record “Can’t Feel My Face” and was joined by back-up dancers who wore face bandages.
He told US Magazine why the dancers ventured off into an After Hour staple, one he started with his video “Save Your Tears.”
“The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.”
Afterward, The Weeknd went back to the original backdrop. He performed fan faves like “Earned It” while being backed by violinists.
Once he stepped on the field with his back-up dancers, the singer performed his classic record, “House of Balloons” (a personal favorite), and his recent smash-hit “Blinding Lights.” During this set, everyone made sure to have fun, running around the field and executing their choreography.
By the time he wrapped up his performance, memes of him spread like wildfire as they seemingly poked fun at how The Weeknd started “Can’t Feel My Face.” To view some of the memes created, click here.
Contrary to the jokes made, The Weeknd received an abundance of love from his close ones and fans. Complex Media even tweeted that the finale was incredible.