We’ll admit it, when we think of the Super Bowl, the halftime performers always steal the show in our minds. Sure, that might be an unpopular opinion amongst true football fans who actually tune in to watch the big game, but sports fan or not, there’s no denying the fact that the headliners are the ones so many people look forward to watching, and who garner the most attention post-show. From Beyoncé to Janet Jackson to Prince to the Rolling Stones, there have been some pretty incredible acts entertaining the Super Bowl crowd (and the roughly 100 million TV viewers watching at home) over the years. Last year, the torch was passed to The Weeknd (née Abel Tesfaye), and this year Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar will be taking on the halftime show as the Rams take on the Bengals.
While the 2021 show featured a significantly reduced live crowd at the game thanks to COVID-19, this year’s game will reportedly be back at full capacity. And while The Weeknd took the whole show on largely alone, this year there’s a whole group of performers offering their own unique contributions.
Take a peek at some of the most iconic artists that have performed during the Super Bowl halftime performance (Warning: you will get severe nostalgic vibes).
A version of this was originally published in 2021.