Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and more just on one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows in recent memory.
It was an Aftermath reunion.
Dr. Dre and Snoop started things off with “The Next Episode” before doing their own rendition of 2Pac’s classic “California Love” (There was no 2Pac hologram this time, unfortunately.) 50 Cent appeared for “In Da Club,” even hanging upside down like he famously did in the video. Before the performance, Mary J. Blige revealed that she could only perform one song. It turns out that wasn’t true; she performed the Dr. Dre-produced “Family Affair” and the ballad “No More Drama.” Kendrick soon following, performing his anthem “Alright”
And then Eminem came. On Sunday, a report from Puck News reported that Eminem wanted to kneel — in honor of Colin Kapenerick and his protest — during the performance. The NFL shutdown that idea. But it turns out Em didn’t listen. During the last moments of his performance of “Lose Yourself” Em, who was wearing an exclusive pair of Jordans, kneeled. (It should be noted that this isn’t the first time Em has been publicly supportive of Kapenerick.)
The show ended with Dre and Snoop reuniting to do a performance of “Still Dire.”
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 14, 2022
After the performance, social media reacted in a mostly positive manner, with rave reviews coming from Chuck D, LeBron James, and more.
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) February 14, 2022
OMG!!!!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!! THE GREATEST HALFTIME SHOW IVE EVER SEEN!!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 14, 2022
— Ye Media (@KanyeMedia_) February 14, 2022
Check out the Super Bowl LVI halftime performance below.