The Buccaneers Win the Game, but The Weeknd Wins the Super Bowl

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Congratulations are in order to the Patriots…did we say Patriots? Oops. Silly us. We meant to say the Buccaneers. Congratulations are in order to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for winning this years Super Bowl. It’s a little confusing seeing as how the Buc’s keep drafting Patriot players, including quarterback, Tom Brady, so it’s basically like watching the same team win all over again – just in different jerseys and with better tans.

Even though the Bucc’s took home the trophy, the clear winner of the day was the much anticipated half-time show performance by The Weeknd. Because of Covid restrictions, for the first time in NFL history, the singer was asked to perform the majority of his set in the stands, thereby limiting opportunities for mega stunts as seen in previous Super Bowls. As fun as that would have been, it turns out a true talent doesn’t need dancing sharks to make his show spectacular.

Using seven million dollars of his own money, The Weeknd, who was decked out in custom Givenchy, mounted a multi-level neon-cityscape in the stands reminiscent of the Sin City from his music videos. There were minimal theatrics, no guest stars, a few well-placed Michael Jackson inspired dance moves, and background dancers with signature bandaged faces. Other than that it was The Weeknd and a microphone with a singular emphasis on his music and sheer vocal talent.

He focused on his upbeat mega hits like the apt ‘Starboy’, ‘The Hills,’ an amazing turn backstage with camerawork (which spawned a thousand memes) as he sang ‘I Can’t Feel My Face,’ followed by ‘I Feel It Coming,’ and ended with the euphoric ‘Blinding Lights’ once again proving to the over 185 million people who tuned in that the Grammy’s got it oh so wrong.

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