KEY POINTS

  • The Weeknd is set to headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show
  • The singer said that it is an honor to perform at such a big stage
  • Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, and more previously headlined the event

The Weeknd is set to grace the halftime show stage at the 2021 Super Bowl.

The Grammy-winning musician confirmed the news. In his statement, the Canadian singer revealed that he is pretty excited about the event and is really “honored” to perform at the Super Bowl next year, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

“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," THR quoted The Weeknd, as saying.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, he posted the logo for the event and wrote, “Performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21.”

Speaking further about the event, Brian Rolapp, NFL chief media and business officer, noted that the halftime show has become one of the most important aspects of the game and it gives the performers a chance to showcase their creativity in front of the whole world.

“We are thrilled to have The Weeknd join us in Tampa Bay on the Pepsi Halftime Stage. Halftime Show performances have a history of excellence and creativity and we look forward to seeing what he will bring to Super Bowl LV,” Rolapp said.

The singer will be performing at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on Feb. 7, 2021.

“After a year that’s largely been void of live music, we can’t wait to watch The Weeknd transform the world’s biggest stage with his limitless talent and creativity, delivering what will most certainly be an unforgettable performance that will be remembered for years to come,” Todd Kaplan, vice president of Pepsi marketing said in a statement.

The Weeknd joins the list of elite musicians who have performed at the Super Bowl, including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Enrique Iglesias, Britney Spears, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince, Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and Shakira.

More than 103 million people tuned in for the halftime performance featuring Lopez and Shakira this year. 

Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd accepting the award for Best R&B for "Blinding Lights" during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd accepting the award for Best R&B for "Blinding Lights" during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards Photo: MTV / -