90s hits shine bright at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show

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Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI saw a major showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. But while players retreated after the 2nd quarter with the Rams leading, the show only got more spectacular — with ’90s legends like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre and Mary J Blige taking the stage during the halftime performance.

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Dr. Dre, 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. Getty Images

They halftime stars weren’t the only musical act Sunday night, with Jhene Aiko opening the game with her rendition of “America the Beautiful,” followed by a country star Mickey Guyton’s soulful version of “The Star Spangled Banner. “

The Pepsi-sponsored halftime show began with the iconic hit from Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, “The Next Episode.” They danced on a white, nondescript set that looked like a strip mall.

50 Cent made a surprise appearance at the show, performing “In da Club,” while partially hanging upside down for the beginning of the show before being joined by dancers.

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50 Cent performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Getty Images

Mary J. Blige joined the stage with “Family Affair,” dancing in shining thigh-high boots covered in mirrors and silver glitter before transitioning into “No More Drama.”

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Mary J. Blige performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Roc Nation

Filled cardboard boxes saying “Dre Day” prompted Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar’s entrance with the prologue of his hit “M.A.A.D City,” before an all-Black step group joined him in performing “We ‘Gon Be Alright.”

Eminem’s arrival on stage was announced with the shattering of one of the all-white walls, before the speakers blasted the entrance to his chart topping hit “Lose Yourself,” accompanied by Anderson Paak on the drums.

At one point in his performance, Eminem got down on one knee and held his head in what appeared to be a gesture of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who took a knee to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the 2016 season.

Snoop Dogg’s starring appearance came just days after a woman filed civil lawsuit under the name Jane Doe accusing him of sexual assault and battery after a 2013 concert. A spokesperson for Snoop Dogg said that the accusations were “meritless” as well as a “shakedown”. “

The collection of artists finished the epic performance with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre ending with “Still Dre,” with the ensemble performers joining the two on stage.

THAT. WAS. INCREDIBLE.

Dre. Snoop. Mary. Eminem. Kendrick. 50 Cent. It was a great show. #PepsiHalftime pic.twitter.com/FKz8YKhhAt

— NFL (@NFL) February 14, 2022

The show notably focused and celebrated Black culture, a focus many Twitter users highlighted given the NFL’s historically-criticized record on race and social justice. According to the Los Angeles Times, the show was a product of the NFL’s high profile deal with mogul and rapper Jay-Z. The NFL has promised it would take race more seriously and make an effort to “strengthen community through music. “

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