Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg performed at the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show last night. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation co-produced this year’s halftime show, which took place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California and featured previously unannounced appearances from 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. Check out clips from the event below.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg opened the show with a performance of ‘The Next Episode’, followed by Tupac’s ‘California Love’. 50 Cent then came out with a surprise performance of ‘In Da Club’ before Blige delivered a performance of ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’. Lamar followed, doing an intro of ‘m.A.A.d city’ and performing ‘Alright’. Eminem then did ‘Lose Yourself’ with Anderson .Paak joining him on drums, and closed the performance with a kneel as a tribute to Colin Kaepernick. The show closed with Snoop and Dre doing ‘Still D.R.E.’ (Dre did in fact perform his “still not lovin’ police” line.)
Earlier in the game, when the Los Angeles Rams ran out into the field, they entered to ‘Last Time That I Checc’d’ by the late LA rapper Nipsey Hussle. The Super Bowl pre-game show featured performances from Jhené Aiko, who was joined by harpist Gracie Sprout for a performance of ‘America the Beautiful’, while country artist Mickey Guyton sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ to kick the game off.
“This should have happened a long time ago as far as hip hop [goes],” Dr. Dre said at a press conference ahead of the event. “Hip hop is the biggest genre of music on the planet right now so it’s crazy it took all of this and all of this time for us to be recognized. We’re going to do a fantastic show and we’re going to do it so big that they can’t deny us in the future.”