In a spectacle that began within the stands, then went contained in the stadium earlier than taking up your complete subject, The Weeknd carried out a high-octane medley of his hits through the Tremendous Bowl LV halftime present. Whereas issues seemingly went off and not using a hitch, the Grammy-winning artist nonetheless grabbed numerous social media consideration.
He was the only real performer.
Twitter customers instantly went to work creating memes and evaluating numerous facets of the set to 1 one other — from the back-up dancers wanting like robots within the stands to the gold room through which The Weeknd, whose actual identify is Abel Tesfaye, sang his hit track “Cannot Really feel My Face,” to the bandaged dancers who took over your complete subject for the finale.
The R&B singer’s set continued his “After Hours” character’s storyline. It began off with Tesfaye in a shiny purple jacket — persevering with the imagery impressed by his “After Hours” character and former awards present performances — backed by a big choir with glowing eyes. Whereas many thought of it creepy, the sequence additionally resulted in memes of Star Wars’ Jawas and C-3PO:
At one level, Tesfaye appeared to go contained in the stadium, weaving by a golden maze of mirrors and performing a dizzying sequence. Extra memes and comparisons poured in:
Towards the tip of “Cannot Really feel My Face,” The Weeknd was joined by dancers identically dressed aside from the bandages on their heads. He made his approach out onto the sphere turning what would’ve usually been an area filled with followers into one large dance celebration. As his hit track “Blinded by the Lights” began taking part in, the backup dancers created much more fodder for social media, with many tweeters questioning whether or not the artist was attempting to make an announcement, together with former Surgeon Normal Jerome Adams:
Others supplied extra pop cultural references:
Mummies had been invoked:
And different characters:
The Weeknd spent $7 million of his personal cash — above what the NFL shelled out — to provide the halftime present. The league additionally launched a stay visible album that includes the entire set, together with the pre-game performances of “America The Lovely” by H.E.R. and the “Star Spangled Banner” by Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church.