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13/11/2020 11:14 GMT

The Weeknd Will Headline The Super Bowl Halftime Show In 2021

The Blinding Lights singer said he was "honoured and ecstatic" to be performing at the big game, which will face Covid-19 logistical challenges.

2021’s Super Bowl LV is shaping up to be a game like no other, with The Weeknd set to take the stage as the night’s halftime entertainment. 

The Canadian singer-songwriter, jointly confirmed the news on social media with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, which is producing the halftime show.

“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” he said in a press release.

“I’m humbled, honoured and ecstatic to be the centre of that infamous stage this year.” 

Added Jay-Z: “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

A three-time Grammy winner, The Weeknd will join a list of music icons including Madonna, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars who have performed at the halftime show in recent years. 

Earlier this year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira took the stage in Miami for a co-headlining set that included pyrotechnics, pole-dancing and even a touch of political commentary.

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Shakira and Jennifer Lopez on stage at this year's Super Bowl

Super Bowl LV, which is set to take place on 7 February 2021, in Tampa, Florida, will no doubt present logistical challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Last month, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said organisers were “exploring” a scenario in which the Raymond James Stadium would be kept at 20% capacity, with attendees required to wear masks and be seated in individual pods. 

“The safety of the public, attendees, players and personnel continues to be our foremost priority,” he added, noting that plans were still subject to change. 

Still, the news is a testament to The Weeknd’s continued success in the music industry.

His latest album, After Hours, debuted in March to rave reviews. The record featured the 1980s synth-pop homage Blinding Lights, which became his fifth number one single in the US. It also became his first track to top the charts in the UK.