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The Weeknd Claims There Will Be No Special Guests During His Super Bowl Halftime Show

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On Sunday, Pepsi will proudly present the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, a dazzling display of music, lights, entertainment, and showmanship, that is sandwiched awkwardly in between two halves of a boring-ass football game. The king of this weekend’s Halftime Show razzle-dazzle is none other than the appropriately named, The Weeknd. And only The Weeknd. No one else but The Weeknd will be showing up on the Pepsi Halftime Show stage at the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida this weekend. At least according to The Weeknd.It’s almost expected at this point that when a Halftime Show headliner is announced, the audience’s next thought is usually: “Cool, and who else will be joining them?” Like, remember back in 2016 when Coldplayheadlined the Halftime Show, and – SURPRISE! – out came Beyonc and Bruno Mars to inject some much-needed energy into the thing. Special surprise guests are sort of a Halftime Show tradition at this point. It’s actually more of a surprise to watch the Halftime Show and get only the headliner. But, as The Weeknd explained during a recent interview with the NFL Network, there will be no surprise guests, because it doesn’t fit with his Halftime Show fantasy. via TMZ:“I’ve been reading a lot of rumors. I wouldn’t bet on it. There wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative, in the story I was telling in the performance. So yeah, there’s no special guests.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by NFL Network He adds that there has been a lot of planning that has gone into his set, like a part where he runs into the audience in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. It won’t be filled with regular Super Bowl ticket holders but will involve part of a pre-built set, to ensure COVID-19 safety precautions.The Weeknd’s latest album, After Hours, and the songs, videos, and award-show appearances that have followed the release of After Hours has been 100% stuck to a very specific narrative. Which is kind of a blender smoothie of nihilism, synth, mustaches, stick shift sports cars, nose drugs, paranoia, and the entire contents of a well-stocked first aid kit. I don’t think there’s another artist out there who could successfully show up in the middle of The Weeknd’s performance without looking more awkward, confused, and out-of-place than Left Shark. Plus, the energy of After Hours mixed with Florida seems like a narrative one really locks themselves into. A surprise guest could happen, but they’d really have to lean into The Weeknd’s vision. Maybe Dua Lipa could show up and pretend to be a mysterious woman from Tampa, known only as Whisper, who asks The Weeknd to hide $20,000 in cash in the glove box of his car? And she can’t tell him why, because she’s afraid an unseen cabal of night stalkers will take revenge in her grandfather’s dimly lit abandoned factory down by the docks in East Ybor? This might actually be a little too intense for an afternoon football game, to be honest.Pic: Wenn.comDlisted

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