The NFL has revealed the headliners of the upcoming Super Bowl LVI, set to take place on Feb. 13 2022: Dr. Dre, who’ll be joined by a who’s who of rap royalty including Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.
The announcement makes a lot of sense, given that the 2022 Super Bowl will take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California — the first L.A.-adjacent Super Bowl in three decades — with the halftime show featuring some of the architects of West Coast rap.
I’m extremely excited to share the stage with my friends for the #PepsiHalftime Show.
This will introduce the next saga of my career…
— Dr. Dre (@drdre) September 30, 2021
Earlier this year, Snoop pitched a very similar lineup during an interview with Yahoo!
“Hopefully the NFL will be smart and make the right decision,” he said. “It’s I’m available, Dre’s available, Eminem’s available, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent — whoever Dr. Dre wants to pull out of his hat to make this thing a professional event and make it big and the biggest effort they can have. It’s just a matter of the NFL pulling the trigger.”
Now that the trigger’s been pulled, Dr. Dre issued a statement about the upcoming halftime show, which will once again be produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” said Dre. “I’m grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”
Added Jay-Z: “On February 13, 2022, at the Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, California, in the new SoFi Stadium, Dr. Dre, a musical visionary from Compton, Snoop Dogg, an icon from Long Beach and Kendrick Lamar, a young musical pioneer in his own right, also from Compton, will take center field for a performance of a lifetime. They will be joined by the lyrical genius, Eminem and the timeless Queen, Mary J. Blige. This is the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. This is history in the making.”
In addition to Dr. Dre, the other artists also confirmed their participation via social media.
— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) September 30, 2021
— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) September 30, 2021