The Weeknd’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Full of His Greatest Hits

The Weeknd performs during the half time show at Super Bowl LV in 2021.
The Weeknd performs during the half time show at Super Bowl LV in 2021. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Shutterstock (11750081k)

While Super Bowl LV was unlike past ones due to the pandemic restrictions and the stadium only being one-tenth full, The Weeknd, who was the Halftime Show performer, didn’t let this get in the way of pulling out all of the stops for his performance.

The show was 13-minutes long featuring his greatest hits during his decade-long career as well as songs from his most recent album After Hours. According to his manager, the Weeknd shelled out $7 million of his own money on the performance.

The vibe of the performance was a continuation of the bad-nights-in-Las Vegas storyline that’s been a part of all of the TV performances and videos from the latest album. Although he’s been wearing bandages or had exaggerated plastic surgery for his performances for After Hours, for the show, the singer wore a glittery version of the look associated with the album—a red jacket and black pants—and he kept a natural look with a light beard and mustache.

There were no guest star appearances, but the Weeknd was joined on the huge multi-level stage that was designed like a theatrical neon-lit cityscape with over 100 backup dancers. In true After Hours fashion, the dancers wore creepy costumes like white robes and helmets with red lights for eyes and head-bandages.

The show started with “Starboy” and the singer went on to sing “The Hills”, “I Can’t Feel My Face”, “I Feel It Coming”, “Save Your Tears”, “Earned It”, “High for This”, and “Blinding Lights”.

Watch the full performance below.