Every Super Bowl halftime performer in history: Usher, Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and more

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One of the major non-football storylines that centers around the Super Bowl is the halftime show. These days, the halftime show is one of the most exciting performances of the year and is headlined by some of the biggest acts of all time.

Last year, Rihanna took the stage at State Farm Stadium during Super Bowl LVII. Before that, five artists took the stage for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Bligh performed halfway through the Rams’ win over the Bengals.

Usher headlined Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show in Las Vegas (airing on CBS and Paramount+) on February 11.

For performers playing a halftime show at the Super Bowl, they’re entertaining an audience that’s instantly larger than any they’ve ever experienced. It wasn’t always like that though.

So, what were the shows before must-see television? Do you remember that killer halftime show in 1988 featuring the Rockettes, Chubby Checkers and 88 grand pianos? Do you remember the captivating “Bee Bop Bamboozled” in the Orange Bowl in 1989? No, no you don’t. Ditto Carol Channing (twice) or any of those four annoying late 70s and early 80s Up With People performances.

The Super Bowl halftime show, before Michael Jackson, was an endless wasteland, from college marching bands and flag-spinning tributes to Hollywood (twice), Motown, the Big Band Era, the Caribbean, Duke Ellington. Not even We New Kids on the Block (1991) sang their biggest hits and Gloria Estefan (1992) soundtracked Olympic figure skaters Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano’s “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” Fame, because nothing says Minnesota Super Bowl like the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine.

Then we got the King of Pop at the Rose Bowl in 1993 — and the Super Bowl halftime show was never the same again.

Here’s a complete list of previous Super Bowl halftime performers and themes:

  • 2024: Usher with special guests Alicia Keys, Jermaine Durpey, Her, Will.i.am, Lil Jon, Ludacris
  • 2023: Rihanna
  • 2022: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige
  • 2021: The weekend
  • 2020: Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Amy Muniz
  • 2019: Maroon 5, Travis Scott, Big Boi
  • 2018: Justin Timberlake, Tennessee Kids
  • 2017: Lady Gaga
  • 2016: Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars
  • 2015: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott
  • 2014: Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • 2013: Beyonce
Beyonce brings the heat to New Orleans.

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  • 2012: Madonna
  • 2011: Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash
  • 2010: WHO
  • 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  • 2008: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  • 2007: Prince and the Florida A&M Marching Band
Prince made it rain purple in Miami.

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  • 2006: The Rolling Stones
  • 2005: Paul McCartney
  • 2004: Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, p. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake
  • 2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting
  • 2002: U2
  • 2001: Aerosmith, ‘N’ Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. “The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Blige and Nelly
The world’s biggest boy band and Boston’s Bad Boys share the Super Bowl stage.

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  • 2000: “A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir
  • 1999: “Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover
  • 1998: “Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
  • 1997: “Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi (also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top)
  • 1996: Diana Ross celebrates 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, fireworks and a stadium card stunt. In the finale, Diana Ross was taken from the stadium in a helicopter
Diana Ross performs at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

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  • 1995: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” features stunts including Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine and fire and skydivers. The finale includes audience participation with light sticks
  • 1994: “Rockin’ Country Sunday” featuring Clint Blake, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd. The finale includes a flashlight stunt
  • 1993: “Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children. The finale includes an audience card stunt
Michael Jackson staring down the Rose Bowl.

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  • 1992: “Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the Winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
  • 1991: “A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block.
  • 1990: “Salute to New Orleans” and the 40th anniversary of Peanuts characters, featuring trumpeters Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
  • 1989: “Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects
  • 1988: “Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, rockets and chubby checkers
  • 1987: “Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary Salute”
  • 1986: “Bit of the Future”
  • 1985: “Children’s Dream World”
  • 1984: “Salute to the Silver Screen Superstars of Super Bowl XVIII”
  • 1983: “Kaleidosuperscope” (Kaleidoscope of Color and Sound)
  • 1982: “A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”
  • 1981: “A Mardi Gras Festival”
  • 1980: “A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up With People.
  • 1979: “Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salutes the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and Various Caribbean Bands
  • 1978: “From Paris to the Paris of America” ​​with Tyler Apache Bayless, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt
  • 1977: “It’s a Small World” included crowd participation for the first time as spectators waved colorful placards on cue.
  • 1976: “200 Years and Only One Child” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial
  • 1975: “Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and the Grambling State Band.
  • 1974: “A Musical America” ​​with the University of Texas Band.
  • 1973: “Happy.” With the University of Michigan Marching Band and Woody Herman
  • 1972: “Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and the US Marine Corps Drill Team
  • 1971: Florida A&M Band
  • 1970: Carol Channing
  • 1969: “Thank You America” ​​with the Florida A&M University Band.
  • 1968: Grambling State Band
  • 1967: University of Arizona and Grambling State Marching Band

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