Super Bowl Halftime Show

By: Emma Magit — Correspondent

Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show was viewed by over 29 million U.S. households, featuring a high-profile lineup of hip-hop royalty: Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent.

It was an unforgettable 15 minutes that deserves to be celebrated, though the performance didn’t make us forget the controversy that the performers are embroiled in, and it doesn’t absolve the NFL of its discriminatory practices toward players and coaches. 

Rumors surfaced that the league policed Snoop Dogg’s wardrobe and censored Dr. Dre’s “Still not lovin’ police” and Kendrick Lamar’s “We hate po-po” lyrics. Eminem was allegedly told not to kneel onstage, though he kneeled anyway in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Dr. Dre says it’s time that hip-hop be recognized in big settings like the yearly Super Bowl. “It’s crazy that it took all of this time for us to be recognized,” said Dre at the game’s official news conference.

Dre added, “We’re gonna open more doors for hip hop artists in the future and making sure that the NFL understands this is what it should have been a long time ago. We’re gonna show exactly how professional we can be, how dope we can be on stage and how exciting we are going to be to the fans.”

In a pre-show press conference, Snoop Dogg acknowledged the rarity of the gathering. “We’ve got the queen of R&B, we’ve got the king of hip-hop, we’ve got all of his protégés in the place. This is what it’s about,” he said. 

He added, “This is what hip-hop and the NFL is supposed to be about: about representing, about change, about moving forward.”

SHS senior Emily Maron says she really liked the halftime show. “This year’s super bowl halftime show was really good because it was different from previous years where it is usually a pop singer,” said Maron.

While the Super Bowl has featured its fair share of hip-hop artists, they’ve always played second fiddle to pop and rock headliners.

SHS senior Sydney Ronkin says it was good to see something different on the stage. “Although the super bowl halftime shows in the past have been very good, I think that this year’s show stood out more because it wasn’t like any other show and had a deeper meaning to it,” said Ronkin.

After the show, Twitter was blowing up with celebrities praising the performance. Lebron James tweeted that it was the best halftime show that he has ever seen. “OMG!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! THE GREATEST HALFTIME SHOW IVE EVER SEEN!!!” said James.

SHS senior Melanie Lefkowitz said she is not the biggest fan of hip-hop music but the show was still great. “I don’t love hip-hop music, but the show was very exciting and really kept the audience engaged. Even though the artists weren’t the most current, other than Kendrick Lamar, it was good to hear some throwback songs on the stage,” said Lefkowitz.

This was the first time that hip-hop was the main act for one of music’s most important nights, but it will certainly not be the last.

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