On Sunday night, The Weeknd delivered his highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Florida—a performance he pulled off despite significant logistical hurdles posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the New York Times reported, just over a thousand workers—a fraction of the usual workforce—were expected to work on this year’s halftime show. Social distancing measures and regular COVID-19 tests were mandatory for crew and staff, and about 25,000 fans were present in the venue itself—a little over a third of Raymond James Stadium’s capacity.
As previously teased, The Weeknd did not bring out any special guests, though he performed alongside musicians, backing vocalists and dancers—scores of them swathed in bandages, in line with the gorily dramatic aesthetics of The Weeknd’s latest album After Hours. Hits off that record, including “Blinding Lights” and “Save Your Tears,” featured heavily in his 12-minute set, though he also performed classics such as “House of Balloons” and “The Hills.”
Other notable performers at the Super Bowl included Jazmine Sullivan, who gave a bluesy rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with country artist Eric Church, and HER, who delivered a rousing performance of “America the Beautiful,” complete with a fiery guitar solo.
Watch all their performances below.
The Weeknd performs the Super Bowl halftime show:
Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”:
HER sings “America the Beautiful”: