What Time The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show Starts

The Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show airs on Sunday, February 13 on NBC and Peacock, headlined by hip hop legends. Here's when to watch it.

The Super Bowl airs Sunday, February 13 – here’s when the Halftime show starts. Happening at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA, the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show is bound to be impressive, with legendary hip-hop/R&B artists Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige all performing. Past shows usually featured one or two headliners, with the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show having special guests Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Emme Muniz performing alongside the main acts Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.

The teams playing at Super Bowl LVI include the Cincinnati Bengals and the LA Rams, with the Rams being only the second team in NFL history to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium. This year will also be the second Super Bowl in a row for this phenomenon to occur, with Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. However, despite a home-team Super Bowl game and a prominent Halftime Show lineup, California saw a massive COVID-19 case spike at the beginning of February that may affect attendance and stadium health protocols. Nonetheless, NBC will cover Super Bowl LVI, with Peacock streaming the event live. Coverage begins at 12:oo PM ET/9:00 AM PT, and kickoff time is 6:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT.

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The Pepsi Halftime Show will air around 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, with the exact timing being dependent on the length of the game’s first half. There’s bound to be about a half-hour give, assuming the unlikelihood of seriously significant delays. The Halftime Show serves as something for even non-football fans to look forward to with the Super Bowl – in 2020, 103 million viewers watched Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s Halftime Show, which marked a 4% increase from the Maroon 5 Halftime Show the year prior. Considering the lineup, one might expect a further increase in viewership from The Weeknd’s Halftime Show in 2021.

The 2022 Pepsi Halftime Show is expected to be historic. Dr. Dre, an LA music icon for nearly four decades and founder of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, announced on February 5 that he will include deaf rappers Sean Forbes and Warren “WaWa” Snipe. The rappers will be the first sign language interpreters in Halftime Show history, marking progress for disability inclusivity half a century into the Super Bowl’s existence. Kendrick Lamar is to date the only Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper ever for his 2017 album DAMN. and therefore marks another Halftime Show first with his performance. Furthermore, as Pepsi’s high-concept Halftime line-up trailer suggests, performers Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige have all been major influences to hip-hop and rap for the past 30 years. Snoop Dogg and Blige in particular played a big role in the West Coast music scene.

The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show will include a lot of major rap classics. Dr. Dre produced Tupac Shakur’s two-time Platinum song “California Love,” along with Eminem’s 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP and Mary J. Blige’s No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 song “Family Affair.” Potential songs Kendrick Lamar will perform include DAMN.‘s “Humble” and “D.N.A.,” his recent single “family ties,” and 2012’s four-time US Platinum song “Swimming Pools (Drank).” In addition to Snoop Dogg’s various cameos, he’s famous for “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and “Gin and Juice,” which reached No. 1 and No. 8 on the US Billboard Charts respectively. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg also collaborated on songs like “The Next Episode” and “Still D.R.E.,” both hitting the Top 50 in the US Billboard Charts upon their release on 1999’s album 2001. Catch the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show after the game’s second quarter, about two hours after kickoff.

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Richard Lawler

Richard Lawler joined The Rant Mag as Senior News Editor in 2022 after several years covering news at Engadget. He's been a tech blogger since before the word was invented, and will never log off.

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