An Unprecedented Performance Ending “The Weeknd” Right



The Weeknd performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/TNS)

Adriana Rodriguez and Justyce Reed

On Sunday, Feb. 2, Abel Tesfaye, or better known as “The Weeknd,” performed various songs during the 55th Super Bowl Halftime Show. Although the crowd was limited due to the past year’s unprecedented events, Abel certainly knew how to keep the tradition alive.

   Being fans of The Weeknd since 2014, we expected nothing but the best. From “Earned It” to “In Your Eyes,” he’s proved himself capable of performing a show that holds such high standards; and under the circumstances that COVID put him under, he didn’t disappoint. 

   The opening scene was quite riveting, to say the least. We loved the set and felt like it portrayed his theme very well from the neon lights to the night-time cityscape. Our favorite part was when he performed “Can’t Feel My Face” in the mirrored rooms. We think that his backup dancers were very interesting and reminiscent of the movie “Us.” We absolutely loved the transition into “Blinding Lights” on the football field. The buildup was unexpected and a great way to end his performance. There was not a moment where we felt he was off-key.

   As soon as The Weeknd started the performance, viewers went straight to social media and voiced their opinions, even creating memes within seconds. On Twitter, divisive arguments took place, some claiming that this was the worst show and others saying it was the best.

   Despite what some critics are saying, we believe this performance will go down as one of the best halftime show performances, especially since it all took place during an unforgettable time in history. Tesfaye undoubtedly deserves applause for being able to do so.

   You can stream The Weeknd’s music on platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, etc. Make sure to purchase tickets for his upcoming tour “After Hours.”