The 2021 Super Bowl is scheduled to be held in Tampa on Feb. 7. It will mark the end of an NFL season unlike any other, with games played in stadiums to limited or no audiences due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization said last month it is considering filling the Raymond James Stadium to 20 percent capacity, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The announcement arrives toward the end of a successful year for the Weeknd, a three-time Grammy winner whose March release, “After Hours,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and held the slot for four consecutive weeks. Its single “Blinding Lights” became his fifth Hot 100 chart-topper.
When it comes to the Super Bowl, the Weeknd has big shoes to fill. He follows a riveting performance from Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, the first two Latina singers to perform together during a halftime show — one that became one of the last major cultural events to occur before nationwide lockdowns. While some viewers considered the show to be “inappropriate,” others celebrated its being, as The Washington Post’s Emily Codik wrote at the time, “an unabashed celebration of Latin culture in the most American of contexts.”
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl," the Weeknd said in a statement, “and one can only dream of being in that position.”