The Super Bowl halftime show will feature SoCal natives Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar

Snoop Dogg performs at KAABOO Del Mar. Photo by Chris Stone

It is said that many people watch the superbowl only for the halftime show, and a trio of Southland musical icons – Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg – will be rocking Sofia Stadium Sunday, with Eminem and Mary J. Blige.

“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the greatest thrills of my career,” Dr. Dre said in a statement. last year when the lineup was announced. “I am grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”

Dr. Dre – real name Andre Young – and Lamar are both from Compton, while Snoop Dogg is from Long Beach.

The five artists who performed during the halftime show combined for 43 Grammy awards and created 22 Billboard No. 1 albums.

Jay-Z, founder of the production company Roc Nation which organizes the show, described the expected performance as “history in the making”.

At a pre-Super Bowl press conference last week, Dre said the superstar roster would make a statement that hip-hop belongs in the NFL’s biggest scene.

“This should have happened a long time ago as far as hip-hop goes,” Dre said. “Hip-hop is the biggest genre of music on the planet right now. So it’s crazy that it’s taken all this and all this time to be recognized. So I think we’re going to keep going and put on a fantastic show and we’re going to make it so big they can’t refuse us in the future.

Snoop Dogg said playing the Super Bowl is an experience in itself, but doing it in Inglewood makes it more memorable.

“I had people I know who worked on the stadium that the city of Inglewood gave people the opportunity to be involved in creating the stadium,” Dogg said. “So knowing that the stadium has been built and the Super Bowl is going to be here, and that we have the opportunity to perform on stage, it’s a blessing.”

“Because the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in the world and hip-hop is the biggest form of music in the world. So for us to have the opportunity to bring the two worlds together – we have the queen of R&B, we’ve got the king of hip-hop, we’ve just got all of his proteges instead. That’s what it’s all about,” Dogg said.

The show will cap off an eventful week for Snoop Dogg, who announced Wednesday that he has acquired Death Row Records, the label he rose to fame on and which was co-founded by Dr. Dre.

But before the Super Bowl even begins, another pair of music stars will perform at SoFi.

Country music artist Mickey Guyton will sing the national anthem, while eclectic R&B singer Jhené Aiko will sing “America the Beautiful.”

Actress Sandra Mae Frank will perform the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” in sign language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.

Pregame festivities will also include contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary, accompanied by the LA Philharmonic’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” conducted by LA Phil’s Hollywood Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins. Bowl Orchestra.

In honor of the Air Force 75th Anniversary Year, the service will perform a one-of-a-kind flyover over SoFi Stadium during the National Anthem. The Air Force Heritage Flight will be a formation consisting of a P-51 Mustang, an A-10C Thunderbolt II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, an F-22 Raptor and an F-35A Lightning II.

DJ and producer Zedd will act as the official pre-game DJ during the players’ warm-up.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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