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Lisa Mugo

The highly anticipated Super Bowl performance at the SoFi Stadium field was just concluded and the array of artists did not let their fans down. In fact , 50 Cent stole the show with his surprise performance amidst Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s performance while Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar did what they do best- gave everyone an unforgettable night.

Dr. Dre performing with Snoop Dogg at the Super Bowl halftime show /Courtesy/

Snoop and Dre, the headliners who started off the show with their hit songs ‘California Love’ and ‘The Next Episode’. Just when they were taking a bow making everyone believe that they had concluded their performance, 50 Cent began his performance while hanging upside down re-enacting his ‘In Da Club’ music video and singing the song.

Right after 50 came Mary J. Blige with her sultry all white, sparkly performance. She sang and danced to her hit songs ‘Family Affair’ and ‘No More Drama’.

She ended her performance by showing off her powerful vocals and lying down on stage before passing the mantle to Kendrick Lamar who in turn had an all-black performance.

Mary J. Blige performing at the Super Bowl /Courtesy/

Kendrick’s performance was definitely honoring Dre as his dancers came out of large boxes written ‘Dre Day’ and had on sashes with the same written on them. He performed his hit ‘Alright’.  This performance had old school Hip Hop meet new school Hip Hop as Kendrick had the crowd going wild.

Kendrick Lamar’s all black performance /Courtesy/

Eminem was up next with a ground breaking performance– literally! The rapper got on stage with Dre in the background and immediately a few walls of their stage set up broke off. He performed ‘Lose Yourself’ alongside a live band performance. At the end of his performance, he got down on one knee while Dre got on the piano and played Blackstreet’s ‘Stay With Me’ for 15 seconds.

Eminem performing ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Super Bowl /Courtesy/

Just when you think it could not get any better, Dre and Snoop took center stage again and performed their hit ‘Still D.R.E.’ Dre played the instrumental on the piano then joined Snoop on stage for a while. They were then joined by all the artists who performed.

From left to right: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar (behind Mary J. Blige), Mary J. Blige and Snoop Dogg at the Super Bowl /Courtesy/

Without a doubt history has been made at the NFL for the very first time and Hip Hop was finally given a chance to shine and the performers did not disappoint.

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)