The 2022 Super Bowl was held on Sunday i.e., February 13th at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. It was reported that this year’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium was the most expensive, ultra-modern stadium that was ever constructed.
Just like every year, this year’s Super Bowl also attracted a lot of celebrities to attend which included, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes, Olivia Rodrigo, Ryan Reynolds, Ellen DeGeneres, Nick Lachey, Kanye West with his kids, Heidi Klum, Issa Rae, Rebel Wilson, Ludacris, Adam DeVine, Nina Dobrev, Julianna Hough, Blue Ivy, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Devin Booker, etc.
The entire SoFi Stadium was packed to see the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams fight for the Lombardi Trophy. Talking about the security and safety precautions, the NFL did ask everybody to wear their masks on but also allowed them to remove them while drinking and eating. Inglewood Mayor James Butts said, "You can't force everybody to wear a mask all the time. In the end, it's the responsibility of the people to take care of themselves, their families, and their friends. And that's the simplest way I can put it." Free KN95 masks were provided to the spectators during their entry into the stadium.
The Super Bowl LVI halftime show saw performances by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Eminem, Mary J Blige, and Anderson.Paak. The show started with Snoop Dogg appearing on-stage along with Dr. Dre and performing on 'The Next Episode' and ‘California Love’. One of the biggest surprises during the halftime was 50 Cent’s performance on his hit song, ‘In Da Club’ which was followed by Mary J Blige’s iconic performance in her signature style while donning white and silver cow-boy Esque ensemble and performing on ‘No More Drama', and ‘Family Affair’. Kendrick Lamar also appeared on-stage and paid tribute to Dr. Dre with ‘Dre Day’ sashes across his chest. Silk Sonic’s Anderson. Paak paid tribute to the late Tupac Shakur.
One of the most iconic moments at the Super Bowl LVI halftime was when Eminem appeared on-stage to perform on ‘Loose Yourself’ and was helped with drums from Silk Sonic’s Anderson.Paak. Eminem post his performance kneeled; a gesture of solidarity with NFL players who have used the same gesture as a sign of protest, most famously by Colin Kaepernick. It was reported that he informed the organizers that he wanted to do it in solidarity with Colin but NFL asked him to avoid it but he went ahead to do the gesture anyway. Later, Dr. Dre took a seat at the piano to play a tribute to Tupac Shakur by playing the piano riff of ‘I Ain’t Mad At Cha’, and the three-generation of artists mentored by Dr. Dre himself joined him on-stage to perform ‘Still D.R.E’, a song that depicts to his unrivaled dominance over west-coast hip hop.
Ahead of the show, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Mary J. Blige appeared at the press conference and Dre said, “This should’ve happened a long time ago. Hip-hop is the biggest genre of music on the planet right now, so it’s crazy that it took all of this time for us to be recognized. I think we’re going to go on and do a fantastic show, and we’re going to do it so big that they can’t deny us anymore in the future. I'm not trying to be egotistical or anything, but who else could do this show here in L.A.? Who else could perform the halftime show, other than these amazing artists that we put together?" Snoop Dogg also added, "The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the world, and hip-hop is the biggest form of music in the world. For us to be able to have the opportunity to bring those worlds together? We got the queen of R&B, we got the king of hip-hop, all of his protégés, that's what it's about."
Talking about the kneeling gesture by Eminem, back in 2016, artists like Rihanna, Cardi B, Adele, and other high-profile artists rejected opportunities to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Eminem was highly appreciated for his gesture recently and some of his fans mentioned in their tweets that GOAT shouldn't be asked to do because he goes ahead and does what he wants to do.