Is Ariana Grande performing at Super Bowl LV halftime? The Weeknd says no guests, fans disappointed

Apart from the multiple award-winning singer, the event will also see artists like Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keya, Eric Church with Jazmine Sullivan and a few others performing


                            Is Ariana Grande performing at Super Bowl LV halftime? The Weeknd says no guests, fans disappointed
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande have collaborated for 'Love Me Harder' and 'Off The Table' (Getty Images)

The Weeknd is all set to take over the stage of this year’s biggest sports event — the Super Bowl LV. Yes, the global R&B star will headline the Halftime show of the 55th edition of the event. Apart from the multiple award-winning singer, the event will also see artists like Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keya, Eric Church with Jazmine Sullivan and a few others performing at Super Bowl LV.

The Halftime gig is being much-talked-about like always, and people were speculating special guest The Weeknd might rope-in to take his performance a notch higher. Ending all the rumors, the Grammy award-winning crooner said that he is not bringing any other artist for his Super Bowl LV Halftime performance. This has disappointed a lot of fans as names like Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, Daft Punk, Drake and Future were doing the rounds on the Internet.


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The Weeknd attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City (Getty Images)

 

Why is The Weeknd not bringing special guests?

The ‘Blinding Lights’ hitmaker most recently sat for an interview via video conference with NFL’s sportscaster Kay Adams where he spilled the beans that he has no plans of calling any special guest for his performance. Shutting down all the rumors, he said, “I’ve been reading a lot of rumors... I wouldn’t bet on it.” He also explained the reason behind his decision. “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.” 



 

Ariana Grande's fans express disappointment

The Weeknd’s decision of performing sans special guests at Super Bowl LV Halftime did not go down well with Ariana Grande's fans as they took over the Internet to express their disappointment. Ariana was being considered as one of the top contenders to perform alongside The Weeknd. The duo has earlier collaborated on two songs namely ‘Love Me harder’ and ‘Off the Table’ and they also share a great chemistry off-screen. Also, Grande has never performed at a Super Bowl event. 

The Weeknd and Ariana Grande perform onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on November 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

 



 

 



 

 

Many took to Twitter to talk about Ariana not being roped-in for the event. A user stated, “Maybe ariana WILL be at the superbowl & abel just didnt want to spoil the surprise.”

Another said, “have to give up defending ariana for the week so i can defend abel full time after the super bowl goodbye my friends.”

A user expressed, “ariana stans getting upset about the weeknd's super bowl halftime show is honestly hilarious. he isn't gonna miss y'all's little immature a**es watching him. it's like they forget his song has been in the top 10 of the billboard hot 100 for over a year.#TheWeeknd is not having special guests at the #SuperBowl, still manifesting for a performance of love me harder with @ArianaGrande @theweeknd @nfl” The next one asserted, “Is anyone still curious on if Ariana Grande will do a surprise visit at the Super Bowl halftime show? I feel like she’s too good for that.” One individual posted, “The Weeknd is bringing Ariana and Beyonce as holograms for the Super bowl” while another added, “They said Ariana ain't performing at the super bowl....what a good day to have trust issues.”



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 



 

 

How to live stream Super Bowl LV

Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020, in Miami, Florida (Getty Images)

 

The 55th edition or Super Bowl LV will take place in Tampa, Florida, at Raymond James Stadium. This is the third time a Super Bowl event is set to take place at this stadium and the fifth time overall in Tampa. The Raymond James Stadium can hold 65,000 people and interestingly, the number can also be expanded to 75,000 spectators. However, due to Covid-19 protocols, it is being reported that the stadium will only allow 20 percent of the seating capacity.

The 2021 edition of the Super Bowl will be broadcast on CBS at 6.30 pm ET and viewers can also watch the game and the halftime performance on the CBS All Access app. It was first NBC who was originally scheduled to broadcast the 2021 game and CBS had the 2022 Super Bowl, however, the two networks decided to swap years in order for NBC to have both the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in 2022.

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