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Published on January 30, 2024
Updated on February 2, 2024
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Super Bowl halftime show
  • Usher set to headline halftime show at Super Bowl LVIII
  • Millions set to tune in as Las Vegas hosts the Super Bowl for the first time
  • Halftime show part of what makes the Super Bowl a huge cultural event


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Usher is latest superstar to headline halftime show at the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl halftime show has evolved into a cultural phenomenon, with some of the biggest names in the music industry gracing the stage in front of a global audience. In recent years, artists like Rihanna, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige have headlined the halftime spectacle, turning it into one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. This year sees R&B superstar Usher headlining, with his new album, Coming Home, reportedly set to be released on February 11 – the same day as the Super Bowl.

But it wasn’t always this way. Before the era of star-studded performances, the Super Bowl halftime show was a far cry from the extravagant productions we see today. In fact, it was often criticised for its lacklustre performances and uninspired programming.

Back in the day, halftime shows featured college marching bands, flag-spinning tributes, and performances by lesser-known entertainers. While these shows may have had their own charm, they paled in comparison to the high-energy performances we’re accustomed to now.

Even when mainstream artists were invited to perform, the results were often underwhelming. The New Kids on the Block in 1991 failed to deliver their biggest hits, while Gloria Estefan’s 1992 performance felt out of place at a Minnesota Super Bowl.

But everything changed in 1993 when Michael Jackson took the stage at the Rose Bowl. His electrifying performance set a new standard for halftime entertainment, demonstrating the potential for top-tier artists to captivate the massive Super Bowl audience.

From that moment on, the halftime show became a marquee event, with artists vying for the coveted spot on stage. Each year, fans eagerly anticipate the announcement of the halftime performer, speculating about who will take the stage and what surprises they have in store.

Today, the Super Bowl halftime show is more than just a break in the game — it’s a cultural event that transcends sports and captivates audiences around the world. And with each passing year, the bar is raised higher, ensuring that the halftime show remains a must-see spectacle for years to come.

Super Bowl halftime performers

Here is the list of Super Bowl halftime performers and themes since 1993:

2024: Usher

2023: Rihanna

2022: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige

2021: The Weeknd

2020: Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Emme Muniz

2019: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi

2018: Justin Timberlake, The Tennessee Kids

2017: Lady Gaga

2016: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars

2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott

2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers

2013: Beyonce

2012: Madonna

2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash

2010: The Who

2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

2007: Prince and the Florida A&M marching band

2006: The Rolling Stones

2005: Paul McCartney

2004: Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake

2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting

2002: U2

2001: “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, ‘N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly

2000: “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir

1999: “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover

1998: “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations

1997: “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi (also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top)

1996: Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt.

1995: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers. Finale included audience participation with light sticks

1994: “Rockin’ Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd. Finale included flashlight stunt

1993: “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. Finale included audience card stunt.

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Super Bowl LVIII San Francisco 49ers (NFC) vs Kansas City Chiefs (AFC)

Super Bowl LVIII will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, February 11, 2024. The end of season play offs saw the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers win their respective conferences to take their place in the final.

The 49ers, favourites to win the Super Bowl since November, needed a rousing comeback against Detroit Lions to make the final. The Chiefs, overcame Baltimore Ravens in a tough match to take their place in the final for the fourth time in five years.

SuperBowl LVIII betting

At the time of writing, the 49ers are favourites to win Super Bowl LVIII. 

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When is Super Bowl LVIII

Super Bowl LVIII is scheduled to take place on Sunday February 11. The Super Bowl is traditonally held on the second Sunday in February. As wel as being the climax to the NFL season, the Super Bowl is a day of huge cultural significance in the United States. 

What time is Super Bowl LVIII in the UK?

The Super Bowl will kick off at 3.30pm local time in Las Vegas, Nevada. This means that it is scheduled to get underway at 11.30 pm GMT in the UK.

Where is Super Bowl LVIII being held?

Super Bowl LVIII will be played at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Allegiant Stadium

Allegiant Stadium is a domed multi-purpose stadium located in Paradise, Nevada, southwest of Las Vegas. Opened in 2020, it is the home field of the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team. The stadium also hosts the Vegas Kickoff Classic in early September and the Las Vegas Bowl in December.

The stadium cost $1.9 billion to construct and has a regular capacity of 65,000. However, that number can be expanded for big events, which means that the capacity for the Super Bowl is likely to be in excess of 70,000.

Who won the Super Bowl in 2023?

Last year’s Super Bowl, thhe conclusion to the 2022 season, saw the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35. Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP.

How do I watch Super Bowl LVIII in the UK?

In the UK, Super Bowl LVIII will be broadcast free-to-air on ITV1 and online via ITVX. Paid subscribers of Sky Sports will also get the game, while TalkSport will provide radio coverage.

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Chris is a former athlete and a qualified PE teacher. He is a keen football fan, watching many matches at different levels throughout the season, and enjoys following many different sports. With betting and sports sites, he has a keen eye for detail and can to highlight positives and negatives for users. His experience in sport as a performer, teacher, writer and fan allows him to see things from many different perspectives. Editorial Promise