February 26, 2024

Every Super Bowl halftime performer in history: Usher, Beyonce, Eminem, Rihanna, Prince and more

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One of the biggest non-football storylines surrounding the Super Bowl is the halftime show. Today, the halftime show is one of the most exciting performances of the year, headlined by some of the biggest artists of all time.

Last year, Rihanna took the stage at State Farm Stadium during Super Bowl LVII. Before that, five artists took the stage for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige performed midway through the Rams’ win over the Bengals.

And now it’s Usher’s turn, who will be the headliner Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show in Las Vegas (airing on CBS and Paramount+) on February 11.

The halftime show performers at the Super Bowl are entertaining an audience exponentially larger than ever before. Yet it was not always this way.

What were the shows like before they were must-see television? Remember that great halftime show with the Rockettes, Chubby Checker and the 88 Wings in 1988? Remember the riveting “Be Bop Bamboozled” at the Orange Bowl in 1989? No, no, you don’t. Ditto Carol Channing (twice) or any of those four annoyingly contrived Up With People performances in the late ’70s and early ’80s.

The halftime show of the Super Bowl, before Michael Jackson, was an endless wasteland of college marching bands and maddening flag-waving tributes, of gun salutes to Hollywood (twice), to Motown, to the Big Band era, to the Caribbean, to Duke Ellington. We also have the New Kids on the Block (1991) who didn’t sing any of their biggest hits and Gloria Estefan (1992) who provided the soundtrack for Olympic figure skaters Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano’s “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” fame, because nothing says a Minnesota Super Bowl more than the lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine.

Then we got the King of Pop at the Rose Bowl in 1993 — and the Super Bowl halftime show was never the same.

Here’s the full list of past Super Bowl halftime artists and themes:

  • 2024: Guard
  • 2023: Rihanna
  • 2022: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige
  • 2021: The weekend
  • 2020: Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Emme Muniz
  • 2019: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake, the Tennessee Kids
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
  • 2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott
  • 2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2013: Beyoncé
Beyonce brings the heat to New Orleans.

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  • 2012: Madonna
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
  • 2010: The WHO
  • 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • 2008: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • 2007: Prince and the Florida A&M marching band
Prince made it rain purple in Miami.

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  • 2006: The rolling stones
  • 2005: Paul McCartney
  • 2004: Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
  • 2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
  • 2002: U2
  • 2001: “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, ‘N’Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
The world’s biggest boy band and the Bad Boys of Boston share the Super Bowl stage.

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  • 2000: “A Tapestry of Nations” with Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir
  • 1999: “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover
  • 1998: “A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
  • 1997: “Blues Brothers Bash” with Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi (also with “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top)
  • 1996: Diana Ross celebrates 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, fireworks and stadium ticket stunt. In the final, Diana Ross was taken from the stadium in a helicopter
Diana Ross performs at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • 1995: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” with Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers. Finals included audience participation with light sticks
  • 1994: “Rockin’ Country Sunday” with Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd. Final included flashlight stunt
  • 1993: “Heal the World” with Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. Final included crowd ticket stunt
Michael Jackson stares through the Rose Bowl.

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  • 1992: “Winter Magic” including a tribute to the winter season and the Winter Olympics with Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
  • 1991: “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” with New Kids on the Block
  • 1990: “Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
  • 1989: “Be Bop Bamboozled” with 3D effects
  • 1988: “Something Grand” featuring 88 wings, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker
  • 1987: “Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”
  • 1986: “Battle of the Future”
  • 1985: “A world of children’s dreams”
  • 1984: “Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”
  • 1983: “KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)
  • 1982: “A Salute to the 60s and Motown”
  • 1981: “A Mardi Gras Festival”
  • 1980: “A tribute to the big band era” with Up with People
  • 1979: “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean featuring Ken Hamilton and several Caribbean bands
  • 1978: “From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
  • 1977: “It’s a Small World” includes audience participation for the first time, with audience members waving colored signs on command
  • 1976: “200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
  • 1975: “Tribute to Duke Ellington” featuring Mercer Ellington and Grambling State band
  • 1974: “A Musical America” ​​featuring the University of Texas band
  • 1973: “Happiness is.” with University of Michigan marching band and Woody Herman
  • 1972: “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the US Marine Corps Drill Team
  • 1971: Florida A&M band
  • 1970: Carol Channing
  • 1969: “America Thanks” featuring the Florida A&M University band
  • 1968: Grambling State Band
  • 1967: University of Arizona and Grambling State marching bands

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