The Weeknd is 'still buzzing' after Super Bowl

The Weeknd is ‘still buzzing’ after epic COVID-friendly Super Bowl halftime show: ‘I couldn’t stop smiling the whole performance’

He headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in the middle of a pandemic.

But The Weeknd is still on cloud nine, hours after his epic performance.  

‘still buzzing from last night. i couldn’t stop smiling the whole performance. thank you @pepsi @NFL @RocNation for believing in me to bring a fresh new take on the halftime show. XO we did it !’ the 30-year-old tweeted.

‘Still buzzing’: The Weeknd was still flying high a day after his Super Bowl performance on Monday

The Weeknd was surrounded by masked dancers and a robot choir during his COVID-friendly Super Bowl LV halftime show in Tampa Florida on Sunday – as he led the superstar line-up also featuring Miley Cyrus and H.E.R.   

The I Can’t Feel My Face hitmaker  appeared on stage at the Raymond James Stadium in a floating black convertible surrounded by flashing neon signs reminiscent of Sin City – before dancers wearing bandage masks joined him on stage amid the ongoing pandemic.

Emerging from the vehicle, The Weeknd – who recently admitted he spent $7million of his own money on the extravaganza – belted out the lyrics to his hits in front of a sequin-clad robot choir and an moody cityscape – located high up in the stadium bleachers. 

Before diving into the songs off his latest record After Hours, the Grammy Award-winner treated fans to renditions of his earlier hits, such as Starboy and The Hills. 

Extravaganza: The Weeknd was surrounded by masked dancers and a robot choir during his COVID-friendly Super Bowl LV halftime show in Tampa Florida on Sunday – as he led the superstar line-up also featuring Miley Cyrus and H.E.R

The Weeknd, known for staying in character, sported the sparkly red blazer and black shirt and trousers that his After Hours alter ego has donned in every music video since the album’s March 2020 release.

After uttering the final string of lyrics from The Hills, the large cityscape behind The Weeknd opened up and formed a highly illuminated entry way for the star.

Recreating the imagery from his hypnotic Blinding Lights music video, The Weeknd grabbed hold of a handheld camera and taped himself singing amidst a bright, mirrored room located within the depths of the faux cityscape.

Sin City: The Weeknd transformed Tampa in Las Vegas for his glittering show – which he spent $7million of his own money on


Grand entrance:  Miley Cyrus and H.E.R. also pulled off sensational musical performances on the night 

The purposely jarring handheld coverage captured the chaotic nature of the tight knit quarters that The Weeknd was navigating through.

Aside from bulbs, there were also lit up arrows and various cursive words, like ‘Gone,’ ‘Nothing,’ and Feel,’ that illuminated the narrow path of funhouse mirrors.

The Weeknd then began to sing his 2018 smash hit Can’t Feel My Face as he moved the camera in and out from his wide-eyed face.

As he reached the chorus, The Weeknd was suddenly joined by a band of bandaged dancers, rocking his same exact ensemble, that began bumping into mirrors and one another as they followed the singer-songwriter blindly.

 Precautions: The singer ensured safety onstage as a parade of lookalike dancers wore full face masks

Sin City: Set at the Raymond James Stadium, the 30-year-old hitmaker appeared on stage in a floating black convertible surrounded by flashing neon signs reminiscent of Sin City

Kind of a big deal: The Weeknd released his fourth studio album in March, titled After Hours, and reportedly broke the record for the most global pre-adds in Apple Music history with more than one million users

In character: The Weeknd, known for staying in character, sported the sparkly red blazer and black shirt and trousers that his After Hours alter ego has donned in every music video since the album’s March 2020 release

Their heads were completely concealed with white gauze, which was an homage to The Weeknd’s After Hours transformation, something he has displayed at socially-distanced award shows throughout 2020.

The masked bandits pushed The Weeknd around as he continued to effortlessly sing the well known lyrics to Can’t Feel My Face, while starring directly into a steadicam.

With the chaos coming to a halt for a brief moment, the Starboy hitmaker and his bandaged crew posed stoically with their hands at their sides, before resuming their vertigo-inspired routine.

The camera, purposely losing track of the star of the show, zoomed past the crowd of The Weeknd doppelgängers, before the entire performance returned to the main stage.

Spotlight: Separating him from the crowd, The Weeknd performed beneath a dramatic spotlight during one portion of the show

Transition: After uttering the final string of lyrics from The Hills, the large cityscape behind The Weeknd opened up and formed a highly illuminated entry way for the star

The Weeknd reemerged and gazed out into the crowd in awe as the opening tune of I Feel It Coming played softly over the sound system.

Clearly caught up in the moment, the Canadian-born singer looked directly into the camera and let out a light chuckle before bringing the microphone to his mouth.

Fireworks blasted off from behind a megaboard at the stadium as The Weeknd continued to break the fourth wall and address viewers at home with his gaze.

Hypnotic: Recreating the imagery from his hypnotic Blinding Lights music video, The Weeknd grabbed ahold of a handheld camera and taped himself singing amidst a bright, mirrored room located within the depths of the faux cityscape

Curated chaos: The purposely jarring – and sometimes nauseating – handheld coverage captured the chaotic nature of the tight knit quarters that The Weeknd was navigating through 

Captivating: The Weeknd then began to sing his 2018 smash hit Can’t Feel My Face as he moved the camera in and out from his wide-eyed face

Entering in his Save Your Tears portion of the performance, The Weeknd’s neon-lit cityscape began to flicker as a stormy evening sky appeared on a large screen behind it.

As the tension began to build, an entire orchestra emerged, with violins dominating. They played the notes to The Weeknd’s sensual Fifty Shades Of Grey track Earned It.

With his bandmates mixed among the two-dimensional skyscrapers, the former boyfriend of Bella Hadid swayed back and forth, his hands rocking leather gloves, as he uttered the track’s brutally honest lyrics. 

Let ’em loose! As he reached the chorus, The Weeknd was suddenly joined by a band of bandaged dancers, rocking his same exact ensemble, that began bumping into mirrors and one another as they followed the singer-songwriter blindly

Homage: Their heads were completely concealed with white gauze, which was an homage to The Weeknd’s After Hours transformation, something he has displayed at socially-distanced award shows throughout 2020

Taking his performance to the field, The Weeknd’s bandaged bandits delivered an eerily robotic dance routine, consisting of coordinated stomping and hand motions – complete with bright handheld lights.

Storming out from under one of the goals, The Weeknd reemerged and imitated his lookalikes’ dance moves for the cameras, while hyping up the audience in the stands.

Taking his lead single global, the multi-talented musician enthusiastically performed Blinding Lights as fireworks blasted off and his dancers gyrated. 

In the moment: The Weeknd, breathing heavily from adrenaline, reemerged and gazed out into the crowd in awe as the opening tune of I Feel It Coming played softly over the sound system

Protocols in place: As for protecting players, performers, attendees, and staff, from contracting the coronavirus, a source stressed to Page Six that ‘the amount of COVID-19 policy and safety protocols that have been set up [at the stadium] is unbelievable’

On the move: Taking his performance to the field, The Weeknd’s bandaged bandits delivered an eerily robotic dance routine, consisting of coordinated stomping and hand motions – complete with bright handheld lights

Blinding Lights: Taking his lead single global, the multi-talented musician enthusiastically performed Blinding Lights as fireworks blasted off and his dancers gyrated

Storming out from under one of the goals, The Weeknd reemerged and imitated his lookalikes’ dance moves for the cameras, while hyping up the audience in the stands

Reminiscent of past Super Bowl halftime shows, The Weeknd’s dance troupe performed a synchronized routine – best scene from afar – as they quickstepped across the spacious football field.

They then began to circle the Save Your Tears hitmaker with their arms in the air and lights in their hands creating a hypnotic moment for viewers in the stadium and at home.

For the final moments of Blinding Lights, The Weeknd peered into the camera at a high angle and gestured with his leather-clad hand.

Storming out from under one of the goals, The Weeknd reemerged and imitated his lookalikes’ dance moves for the cameras, while hyping up the audience in the stands

Circle jerk: Reminiscent of past Super Bowl halftime shows, The Weeknd’s dance troupe performed a synchronized routine – best scene from afar – as they quickstepped across the spacious football field

All eyes on him: For the final moments of Blinding Lights, The Weeknd peered into the camera at a high angle and gestured with his leather-clad hand

His dancers kneeled on the turf, while the recent Billboard coverboy relished in his moment of victory with his arms held out in the air. 

The crowd cheered passionately as more fireworks burst from the megaboards on each side of the vast stadium field, before the entire scene went black.

The Weeknd’s entire Super Bowl halftime show ran a little under thirteen minutes, with the singer performing zero costume changes, unlike his female counter parts in years past.

Relishing: His dancers kneeled on the turf, while the recent Billboard coverboy relished in his moment of victory with his arms in the air

Grand finale: The crowd cheered passionately as more fireworks bursted from the megaboards on each side of the vast stadium field

Shortly after wowing with his seven song routine, The Weeknd became the second trending topic on Twitter, except his birth name Abel claimed the trend instead of his famous stage name.

Along with viewers at home expressing praise towards the 30-year-old talent, The Weeknd’s Hollywood peers also used social media to react to his intoxicating performance.

Machine Gun Kelly, clearly in awe, wrote that the star’s ‘halftime show was harrrrrrd,’ followed by two flame emojis. 

Hard: Machine Gun Kelly, clearly in awe, wrote that the star’s ‘halftime show was harrrrrrd,’ followed by two flame emojis

Dang! Keith Urban wrote: ‘DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN @theweeknd!!! loooooved the entire field being THE STAGE !’

 Model behavior: Model Martha Hunt noted that The Weeknd was ‘Tom Brady level focused’ throughout his performance, while model Sara Sampaio compared the singer’s dancing to TikTok

Excited: With nearly a year of COVID-19 lockdown, Olivia Munn noted that the EarnedI It singer’s performance ‘made [her] excited to go to concerts again’

Keith Urban wrote: ‘DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN @theweeknd!!! loooooved the entire field being THE STAGE !’

Model Martha Hunt noted that The Weeknd was ‘Tom Brady level focused’ throughout his performance, while model Sara Sampaio compared the singer’s dancing to TikTok.

With nearly a year of COVID-19 lockdown, Olivia Munn noted that the EarnedI It singer’s performance ‘made [her] excited to go to concerts again.’

BIG FAN: Kat Graham described The Weeknd as ‘phenomenal,’ noting that she ‘LOVED THAT EPIC PERFORMANCE!!’

Stunned: Estelle wrote that it was ‘stunning visually’ and that the Canadian crooner’s ‘hair [was] perfectly on perfect’

Funny: Patrick Schwarzenegger, taking a stab at comedy, tweeted: ‘Is everyone at the stadium pissed The Weeknd is performing inside the funhouse and not outside ???’

Can’t hear? His mother Maria Shriver complained that she could not hear the singer’s set, with some followers mirroring her sentiment and criticizing the sound system

Where the bikinis at? Elizabeth Banks was clearly missing the sex appeal often associated with the halftime show, writing on Twitter: ‘I’m reserving judgment of @theweeknd but if he’s not in a fringed bikini on a giant pole, is it even a halftime show?’

Kat Graham described The Weeknd as ‘phenomenal,’ noting that she ‘LOVED THAT EPIC PERFORMANCE!!’

Estelle wrote that it was ‘stunning visually’ and that the Canadian crooner’s ‘hair [was] perfectly on perfect.’ 

Patrick Schwarzenegger, taking a stab at comedy, tweeted: ‘Is everyone at the stadium pissed The Weeknd is performing inside the funhouse and not outside ???’

His mother Maria Shriver complained that she could not hear the singer’s set, with some followers mirroring her sentiment and criticizing the sound system. 

One of the best: Lindsey Vonn, including a slew of clapping hand emojis, wrote that The Weeknd’s show was ‘one of the best halftime shows!’

Same here! Tyga, mirroring her statement, shared a similar message on Twitter, writing: ‘1 of the best super bowl performances I’ve seen’


Taking to Insta: Gisele Bundchen and Timothee Chalamet were clearly enamored with The Weeknd as they shared his performance to their Instagram Stories

Loved: Actress Sophie Turner looked pretty happy with the star’s performance as she watched at home

Elizabeth Banks was clearly missing the sex appeal often associated with the halftime show, writing on Twitter: ‘I’m reserving judgment of @theweeknd but if he’s not in a fringed bikini on a giant pole, is it even a halftime show?’ 

Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen and actor Timothee Chalamet were clearly enamored with The Weeknd as they shared his performance to their Instagram Stories on Sunday night.

Lindsey Vonn, including a slew of clapping hand emojis, wrote that The Weeknd’s show was ‘one of the best halftime shows!’

Tyga, mirroring her statement, shared a similar message on Twitter, writing: ‘1 of the best super bowl performances I’ve seen.’ 

Sophie Turner was clearly smitten over the halftime show, taking to Instagram to write that The Weeknd ‘rocks [her] world.’ 

The Weeknd led the charge of star performers with Miley Cyrus  showcasing her rock n’ roll rebel persona on Sunday afternoon as she headlined the TikTok Tailgate pregame show.

The 28-year-old singer, who performed for a crowd of vaccinated health care workers, was joined on stage by music icons Billy Idol and Joan Jett during her set.

Cyrus belted out the lyrics to some of her latest and greatest hits in a skimpy, vinyl cheerleading uniform, complete with zipper detailing and metallic fuchsia accents.  

Rock on! The Weeknd led the charge of star performers with Miley showcasing her rock n’ roll rebel persona on Sunday afternoon as she headlined the TikTok Tailgate pregame show

Duet: Billy Idol, sporting a flaming red tee, black trousers, and a leather jacket, collaborated with Cyrus on the track Night Crawling, which is featured on the starlet’s recently released record Plastic Hearts

The peppy get-up consisted of a crop top with criss-cross straps that had ‘FTW’ plastered across the front of it in bold, sparkly fuchsia lettering, as well as a pleated mini skirt.

Miley also had on a set of matching knee pads and a pair of black platform boots with silver buckles on the sides.    

Rocking her newly signature bleach blonde mullet, Miley let her natural waves frame her face and drew attention to her ice blue peepers with a generous amount of charcoal toned eyeshadow.    

Never one to miss an opportunity to make a grand entrance, Miley rode out on stage atop a patriotic-themed motorcycle.


Throwback: At one point, the Can’t Be Tamed songstress paid homage to her infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Award’s performance by rocking out with a giant fuchsia foam finger

Cool chaos: Resting behind the pop star was an elaborate set complete with giant Miley-themed photo collages, lots of ultra reflective glitter, and a bevy of bedazzled props

Resting behind the pop star was an elaborate set complete with a giant Miley-themed photo collage, lots of ultra reflective glitter, and a bevy of bedazzled props.  

There was also a giant, clear sphere packed to the brim with multi-colored gum balls positioned next to the Plastic Hearts hitmaker’s drummer.

Flashing ‘Rock On!’ hand signals at the crowd, Miley hopped off her motorbike and jumped right into her performance. 

Cyrus was clearly feeling the energy emitted by the vaccinated frontline workers crowded around the stage, who enthusiastically cheered her on as she delivered jaw-dropping vocals with each song.

Miley appeared her happiest, while joined on stage by her idols and collaborators Billy Idol and Joan Jett.   

Special guests: The 28-year-old singer, who performed for a crowd of vaccinated health care workers, was joined on stage by music icons Billy Idol and Joan Jett during her set

Game on! Miley teased her fans with a look at her TikTok Tailgate set just hours before taking the stage on Instagram

 

Idol, sporting a flaming red tee, black trousers, and a leather jacket, collaborated with Cyrus on the track Night Crawling, which is featured on the starlet’s recently released record Plastic Hearts.

Miley wrapped her arm around the punk rocker as they sang along to the hit’s suggestive lyrics and bopped to its infectious beat.

At one point, the Can’t Be Tamed songstress paid homage to her infamous 2013 MTV Video Music Award’s performance by rocking out with a giant fuchsia foam finger.

Jett, a person a personal hero of Cyrus’, not only lent her vocal talents to the occasion, but also her guitar playing skills.  

Although Miley was meant to be the focal point, Joan undeniably turned heads as she strummed the strings of her guitar in a sexy black sequin bodysuit.


Crying game: The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus got a bit choked up during her Wrecking Ball performance, which inspired her to take a moment to talk with the audience about the emotion behind the song

Miley and the 62-year-old former member of The Runaways performed their collaborative track Bad Karma, which is also featured on Plastic Hearts.

For her stage time with Jett, Cyrus ditched her cheerleading outfit and reemerged as a femme football player, complete with a pink and white jersey, shoulder pads, and a pair of skin-tight pants. 

During her lengthy set, Miley performed the lead single of Plastic Hearts, titled Midnight Sky, as well as the melancholy track High and her collaborative tracks with Jett and Idol.

She also treated her audience to covers of Nine Inch Nail’s Head Like a Hole, her godmother Dolly Parton’s hit song Jolene, the Blondie hit Heart of Glass, and Joan Jett’s rock anthem Bad Reputation.

At one point, Miley paused to give a shout-out to Britney Spears, who is back in the spotlight with the release on FX on Hulu of the controversial documentary Framing Britney Spears. 

Flawless: Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. impressed audiences with an incredible rock rendition of America the Beautiful

‘We love Britney,’ she said as she added the Toxic hitmaker’s name to the lyrics of her song Party in the U.S.A. 

Providing even more nostalgia, Cyrus threw it back to her Bangerz era by belting out We Can’t Stop, as well as the post-Liam Hemsworth breakup song Wrecking Ball.

The daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus got a bit choked up during her Wrecking Ball performance, which inspired her to take a moment to talk with the audience about the emotion behind the song.

‘Singing that song, Wrecking Ball about feeling completely broken and shattered … everyone suffering is different, even everyone’s threshold of pain … I wear a lot of glitter and I wear a lot of armor and I also wear my heart on my sleeve, and it gets broken a lot,’ she said.     

Wrecking Ball is widely rumoured to be about her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth, who she split from in August 2019 after only eight months of marriage. 



Stylish: For the performance, she wore a pair of black sunglasses and a studded denim jacket with diamond chains on the shoulder and safety pins

In a candid interview with Howard Stern in December, Miley admitted she still loves the 31-year-old Hunger Games actor ‘very, very much’.   

Grammy-winning singer H.E.R. also impressed audiences with an incredible rock rendition of America the Beautiful.

After the 23-year-old singer began the patriotic tune with soft vocals and an acoustic guitar, she stunned audiences with an electric guitar solo at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. 

For the performance, she wore a pair of black sunglasses and a studded denim jacket with diamond chains on the shoulder and safety pins.   

She completed her trendy ensemble with a pair of light-wash blue jeans with rhinestones in the front, which faded to dark blue on the bottom.

The back of her pants were black leather and she rocked a bold red lipstick and her waist-length dark tresses in a low ponytail.


Tuneful: Ahead of the game, she spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her highly-anticipated and plans to make her performance unlike any other before

As for accessorizes, the star also had on a pair of massive silver hoops, a watch and blinged-out earpiece.     

Ahead of the game, she spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her highly-anticipated and plans to make her performance unlike any other before. 

‘Honestly, I am so excited to just be performing at the Super Bowl. It’s a huge stage and it doesn’t get any bigger, you know,’ she told the outlet. 

She continued: ‘But I think the goal, for me, is to make [the song] my own. I’m a huge fan of the different versions of America the Beautiful, but I really want to bring some different elements in there … make it H.E.R.’ 

She also admitted to having to remind herself to ‘have a really good time’ and was ‘just praying that everything’ went well.    

In the weeks leading up to his epic halftime show, The Weeknd several dropped hints about his performance, including that he shelled out $7million of his own cash for the ambitious endeavor.

This past Thursday, The Weeknd revealed he would be taking the stage solo, meaning there would be ‘no special guests’ during his ‘phenomenal and historic’ halftime show.

Own funds: In the weeks leading up to his epic halftime show, The Weeknd several dropped hints about his performance, including that he shelled out $7million of his own cash for the ambitious endeavor

Solo endeavor: This past Thursday, The Weeknd revealed he would be taking the stage solo, meaning there would be ‘no special guests’ during his ‘phenomenal and historic’ halftime show

He explained that there just ‘wasn’t any room to fit [guests] in the narrative of the story [he] was telling in the performance.’

‘So yeah, there’s no special guests, no,’ concluded the Grammy-winner, who spoke during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Press Conference.

In another interview with Entertainment Tonight, The Weekend explained that his show would not take place on a stage in the middle of the field, but rather in the stands.

‘Due to the COVID and the safety of the players and the workers, we kind of built the stage within the stadium,’ the singer said.

He added that his halftime show performance would also make use of the field, adding that he and his team ‘wanted to kind of do something that hasn’t been done before.’ 

‘We’re incorporating a little bit, but again you’ll have to watch on Sunday … the crowd here is insane — they don’t sing the lyrics back, they scream them back at you. It’s such an experience, I love Tampa. I feel at home,’ concluded the star.

While most halftime shows require 5,000 staffers for setup and breakdown alone, the coronavirus has changed production efforts, forcing designs to be scaled back.

‘It’s a total of 1,000 people, and they can’t touch the field,’ an insider revealed to Page Six last week. 

‘How do you pull off a show that’s not on the field and is as impactful as it’s ever been with same level of entertainment?’

The source added: ‘Wait till you see it, it’s beautifully done. It’s different and it’s historic.’

No room, sorry! He explained that there just ‘wasn’t any room to fit [guests] in the narrative of the story [he] was telling in the performance’

Jay-Z, who began working with the NFL in 2019, and Roc Nation are executive producing The Weeknd’s awe-inspiring halftime show, which took place LIVE at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida.

The Weeknd released his fourth studio album in March, titled After Hours, and reportedly broke the record for the most global pre-adds in Apple Music history with more than one million users.

His massively popular song, Blinding Lights, was also named the most streamed song of 2020 by Spotify despite the artist being controversially snubbed with zero nominations from the Grammy Awards.  

As for protecting players, performers, attendees, and staff, from contracting the coronavirus, a source stressed to Page Six that ‘the amount of COVID-19 policy and safety protocols that have been set up [at the stadium] is unbelievable.’ 

‘They really have an incredible system in place. Roger Goodell and the league have done an amazing job.’ 

The Kansas City Chiefs, who took home the Lombardi Trophy last year, face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who now boast Tom Brady as their team’s quarterback, during Super Bowl LV on Sunday night.

Prior to the start of the big game, Grammy-nominated artists Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan delivered a first of its kind rendition of the National Anthem.

Singing America The Beautiful was none other than singer-songwriter H.E.R.

Covid safe: ‘Due to the COVID and the safety of the players and the workers, we kind of built the stage within the stadium,’ the singer said; The Weeknd pictured on Thursday

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