It was all in regards to the Latina divas — Jennifer Lopez and Shakira — final 12 months, again when there was no such factor as social distancing occurring between J.Lo and J Balvin.
However the Tremendous Bowl 2021 halftime present was all about pop’s nice man of thriller: The Weeknd.
After a 12 months by which he bloodied after which utterly bandaged his face, after which appeared to have cosmetic surgery — all for the sake of his artwork — The Weeknd was prepared for his close-up on the largest stage within the biz.
And along with his outdated mug again, all that you possibly can really feel was his music — with a string of hits corresponding to “Can’t Really feel My Face,” “I Really feel It Coming” and “Blinding Lights” which have anointed him because the inheritor to Prince and Michael Jackson in his period.
But it surely was additionally clear from his halftime present — for which The Weeknd poured in $7 million of his personal cash — that the artist born Abel Tesfaye, nonetheless solely 30, isn’t but in the identical league as a dwell performer as both the “Thriller” or “Purple Rain” legends, each of whom had extra memorable moments on the Tremendous Bowl stage.
The present started with a Vegas-y neon set that continued the idea of The Weeknd’s hit album, “After Hours.” Certainly, he wore a glittery model of the identical crimson blazer that he’s been sporting as he has remained in character in the course of the LP’s promotion.
Opening along with his 2016 No. 1 hit “Starboy” in the stands, he was backed by a gospel-style choir, all appropriately socially distanced from one another.
However his subsequent quantity, “The Hills,” felt too moody for the second. And “Can’t Really feel My Face,” for all of its cool visuals, felt extra like a video.
Certainly, the entire thing was shot via a filter that by no means made it appear fairly dwell.
However The Weekend completed sturdy along with his final two numbers: “Earned It” — his Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated hit from the “Fifty Shades of Gray” soundtrack — put the give attention to him and his sensual attract with an orchestra backing him up and ratcheting up the drama.
And the finale, “Blinding Lights,” didn’t disappoint. First off, it actually helped to have The Weeknd lastly come from the stands to the sphere. At that time, you had been reminded that, “Oh yeah, that is the Tremendous Bowl,” as a result of the remainder of it might have been anyplace else. And with a military of dancers in full-face bandages, his efficiency artwork was elevated to one thing spectacular.
However he might have used a particular visitor or two, whether or not it was his “Love Me More durable” associate Ariana Grande or his “Blinding Lights” remix collaborator Rosalía. As we discovered from J.Lo and Shakira final 12 months, it takes so much to personal the Tremendous Bowl halftime present all by yourself.