Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar will perform the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show next year on Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the N.F.L., Pepsi, and Roc Nation said on Thursday. The Super Bowl will return to the Los Angeles area for the first time since 1993.
Eminem and Mary J. Blige, the halftime show’s sole female artist, round out the lineup.
“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre, who grew up in Compton, said in a statement. It will be an “unforgettable cultural moment,” Dre added.
The rapper expressed his excitement on Twitter, writing that he was “extremely excited to share the stage with my friends for the #PepsiHaltime Show.”
“This will introduce the next saga of my career… Bigger and Better than Ever!!!” he added.
Dre began from the West Coast gangster rap movement in the late 1980s with Eazy-E and Ice Cube to form the group N.W.A., which made a significant impact on hip-hop culture and the music industry with their controversial lyrics. Dre is credited with launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, and Lamar. Dre also produced Mary J. Blige’s chart-topping single “Family Affair.”
Eminem also tweeted about the news “Dre day in February? I’m there!” Snoop Dogg shared on Instagram, “Let’s go! Super Bowl LVI. Inglewood.”
Jay-Z, the founder of Roc Nation, stated in a statement that their performance will be “history in the making.”
“Artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were at the forefront of the West Coast hip-hop revolution, so to be able to bring them back to L.A., where it all began alongside Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will prove to be an epic, unforgettable celebration of the impact hip-hop has today,” Todd Kaplan, VP of Pepsi’s Marketing, said in a statement.
The five legendary artists have a combined 44 Grammys (Eminem has the highest with 15) and rarely tour, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to witness them perform live.
Additionally, five headliners represent a change from traditional halftime shows, which often include one or two acts with special guests.
The most recent time the N.F.L. announced this many performers was during the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show, which featured six artists: Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock, and Justin Timberlake.
Coldplay, Madonna, Beyoncé, Shakira, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Katy Perry have all performed at previous halftime shows.