Maybe the Weeknd needed another day or two to put it all together.
The artist, who’s largely known for his dark R&B style, is a multiple-time Grammy Award winner, so it seemed like a slam dunk, a no-brainer, a home run when he was announced for the Super Bowl 55 halftime show late in 2020.
For the most part, the show was unique and high-energy, but it wasn’t received as well as it probably should have been, especially when one considers the Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) put up $7 million of his own money to make the show as he envisioned it.
Part of that vision was a stage in the stands, seizure-inducing light displays and a gaudy fireworks display at the end.
Interestingly, the Weeknd’s performance was entirely solo, the first time that has happened in quite a bit: While he had an entire orchestra and a field’s worth of dancers with him, there were no guest appearances, though several names were rumored for a spot next to him.
Not surprisngly, not everyone was in love with the performance. The response to the Weeknd’s halftime show was very much mixed, at least according to the tweet machine:
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