Super Bowl 56 halftime show: Who are the performers and what time does it start?
The Super Bowl will feel some California love this year.
In addition to the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood for this season’s edition of the championship game, Southern California will be well represented at the halftime show. Los Angeles-area natives Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar will star in the extravaganza, along with Eminem and Mary J. Blige, as the halftime show takes on a distinctly coastal flavor west of the turn of the century.
Here’s everything you need to know about the halftime show, including when the show is expected to start and more info on the performers.
What time does the Super Bowl 56 halftime show start?
The halftime show is scheduled to begin shortly after 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. The exact timing will depend on the length of the first half of the match itself, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.
Who is performing in the Super Bowl 56 halftime show?
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige are the scheduled performers.
Andre Young, aka Dr. Dre, has been active in the music industry since the mid-1980s. Young was part of the seminal rap group NWA before forging a multi-platinum solo career.
The rap legend, now 56, is one of hip hop’s hottest producers and has helped shape the careers of his halftime co-performers.
Born Calvin Broadus Jr., Snoop Dogg was Dr. Dre’s first protege after the latter split from NWA, and is a hip hop legend in his own right.
Broadus’ debut album, doggystylewas produced entirely by Dr. Dre and debuted at No. 1 in the United States, rocketing Snoop to stardom in the early 1990s. The 50-year-old has since branched out into acting and reality show while continuing to release music as both a lead and featured artist.
Marshall Mathers III was arguably the biggest star on the planet in the early 2000s, with his ascerbic lyricism punctuated by a nasal delivery that combined to create the best-selling rap artist of all time.
Eminem, 49, was one of the first artists signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and quickly became the jewel in the label’s crown, selling over 220 million records worldwide.
Halftime entertainer Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, 34, is considered by some to be the heir apparent to the throne of West Coast hip hop. Hailing from Compton, Lamar started out as an independent rapper releasing critically acclaimed mixtapes and albums until he signed with Aftermath in 2012.
Lamar is the only rap artist to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Music, receiving the honor in 2017 for THIN.
Mary J. Blige
The “queen of hip-hop soul” Mary Jane Blige is the only non-rapper among this year’s list of performers.
Blige, 51, enjoyed a career spanning four decades and was one of the first artists to blend R&B and hip hop into a popular genre of its own. Like many of her peers, Blige has branched out into other areas of the entertainment industry, including starring in muddy and The Umbrella Academy.
Who sings the national anthem at Super Bowl 56?
Country music artist Mickey Guyton is to sing the US national anthem.
How to watch Super Bowl 56: TV, live stream
- WE: NBC
- UK: BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
- Canada: DAZN
- Australia: Channel 7
- Mexico: Aztec 7
- Germany: ProSieben