Canadian popstar The Weeknd has been announced as the headline performer at next year’s Super Bowl.
The Grammy award-winning singer, whose hits include Starboy and Blinding Lights, will take to the stage in what’s set to be an unusual year for America’s biggest sporting event due to the pandemic.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” the singer said in a statement. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.”
“The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own,” Jay-Z, who advises the NFL on musical events, said in a statement. “His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry.”
It is unsure as to exactly how the Super Bowl will look in 2021, with Covid-19 numbers up across most of the US. Reports suggest that the Raymond James Stadium in Florida will be reduced to just 20% capacity when the game happens on 7 February.
The Weeknd, whose real name is, Abel Tesfaye, joins a list of celebrated musicians who have played during Super Bowl halftime shows, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Beyonce, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga and last year’s duo of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.