Super Bowl LVI: Halftime show shines with hip-hop stars

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Legendary rap and hip-hop performers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige took the stage for Super Bowl LVI’s halftime show Sunday and lived up to their promise to “open more doors” for future artists.

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg kicked off the show with “Next Episode” and “California Love.”

Then, 50 Cent, not among the announced performers, started his “In Da Club” while hanging upside inside one of the rooms.

Blige was dressed in silver sparkles, while Eminem was surrounded by a rock band. The rapper performed “Lose Yourself,” and at one point took a knee.

The set contained old-time convertibles and replicas of the Tam’s Burgers stand.

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There was plenty of star power at SoFi Stadium. Four of the five performers for Sunday’s show have combined to win 44 Grammy Awards. Only Snoop Dogg has not won a Grammy, despite earning 16 nominations.

Eminem, who has been nominated 44 times, tops the list with 15 Grammy Awards, with Lamar nominated 39 times and winning 13 awards. Blige has captured nine Grammys after 31 nominations and Dr. Dre has been nominated 26 times and has been a winner seven times.

Here is some Super Bowl history. In 1972, jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald was the first Black woman to sing during a Super Bowl halftime show.