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The Weeknd to headline the Super Bowl 55 halftime show

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While the odds are currently not looking good for the New England Patriots to ultimately participate in the game, and there are major questions about how it will even look like given the Coronavirus pandemic, Super Bowl 55 will be a spectacle one way or another. The traditional halftime show is also part of it, for better or worse, and this time will feature one of the most successful musicians in the world right now.

As the NFL announced on Thursday, The Weeknd will headline this year’s event.

The Canadian R&B artist and three-time Grammy Winner has grown to become an international superstar since releasing his first studio album back in 2013. Three more have since followed, with his latest — After Hours — being released earlier this year and peaking number one in numerous countries all over the globe.

The NFL now getting him to do the halftime show is a big deal, considering that he relates to a younger audience more than some of the previous artists to take the stage at the Super Bowl.

“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 Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, said in a press release on Thursday.

Super Bowl 55 is scheduled to be played at Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium on February 7, 2021. That day, The Weeknd will become the first Canadian to headline the halftime show since Shania Twain in 2003.