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The Weeknd to Headline 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

Yesterday, it was announced that The Weeknd will headline the 2021 Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show on Feb. 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL.

The Weeknd's performance will follow the 2020 Halftime Show, which was headlined by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The 2021 Halftime Show will be the second year of the NFL’s partnership with Roc Nation, and the 10th year of their Pepsi sponsorship.

"We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position," The Weeknd said in a statement. "I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”

"We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage," said the NFL’s chief media and business officer Brian Rolapp. "Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV."

Produced by DPS with Jesse Collins and Roc Nation as executive producers, the Hamish Hamilton-directed event is expected to be star-studded with some special guests, though none have been announced yet. Currently, it's uncertain how COVID-19 will impact the Halftime Show as well as the Super Bowl as a whole. At the time of writing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do allow fans in their stadium for home games at a reduced capacity of around 16,000 fans. However, with cases rising across the U.S., the specifics around gathering could change in the coming months.

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Article Image: The Weeknd performing in 2018. (Nicolas Padovani [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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