Once the NFL confirmed that Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd, would be entertaining millions of football fans this Sunday, February 7, rumors started to circulate of possible guest performers. According to multiple sources and publications, Rosalía might join The Weeknd and sing the bilingual version of “Blinding Lights” at the Super Bowl LV.
If The Weeknd surprises fans with Rosalía, she will be the first female Spanish singer to perform during the halftime show and the second Spaniard after Enrique Iglesias.
However, neither the NFL, The Weeknd, or Rosalía have confirmed or given such performance hints.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl, and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored, and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” the 30-year-old performer said in a statement.
“The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is one of the most anticipated performances of the year and we are thrilled to welcome The Weeknd to the stage,” Todd Kaplan, VP of Marketing, Pepsi, said. “Pepsi has worked with some of music’s biggest artists over the years - from Prince to Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and most recently Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. After a year that’s largely been void of live music, we can’t wait to watch The Weeknd transform the world’s biggest stage with his limitless talent and creativity, delivering what will most certainly be an unforgettable performance that will be remembered for years to come.”
Besides the Starboy singer, Miley Cyrus is set to perform during the pregame event. Cyrus will be headlining the TikTok tailgate, a pregame experience only for “7,500 vaccinated health care heroes.”
According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the concert is another way to thank them for their hard work. “These dedicated health care workers continue to put their own lives at risk to serve others, and we owe them our ongoing gratitude,” said Goodell in an official announcement. “We hope in a small way that this initiative will inspire our country and recognize these true American heroes. This is also an opportunity to promote the importance of vaccination and appropriate health practices, including wearing masks in public settings.”
Other artists joining the game show are singers H.E.R, Jazmine Sullivan, and country star Eric Church. The Super Bowl LV is taking place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida, on Sunday, February 7.