What went down at the Super Bowl

What went down at the Super Bowl

by Jovelle Melad
5 min

Last night, one of the biggest events took place in Las Vegas at the Allegiant Stadium, where The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers went head-to-head for the title of Super Bowl Champions. And of course, Usher took the stage for the highly-anticipated halftime show. Here’s what went down.

A Star-studded affair

The Allegiant Stadium brought in a crowd of 70,000 Chiefs and 49ers fans (and Swifties), including some familiar faces in attendance; Beyoncé, Jay-Z and their daughters, Taylor Swift who attended with her girls (Blake Lively, Ice Spice and Lana Del Rey), Kanye West, Travis Scott, and many more. Justin Bieber, who was rumoured to perform with Usher, attended with his wife Hailey. All in all, it was a complete celeb-fest.

Pre-Malone Performance

As a part of the pre-game festivities, Post Malone performed “America the Beautiful”, the song that has been part of the Super Bowl pre-game tradition since 2009. Speaking of tradition, Reba McEntire, dubbed “The Queen of Country”, performed the American National anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Followed by Andra Day who sang “Lift every Voice and Sing,” which is recognised by the NAACP as the “Black National Anthem” and has been performed at the NFL championship since 2020.

Usher’s Halftime Performance

Since Usher was announced as the headliner of the Super Bowl’s infamous halftime show, which was headlined by Rihanna last year, the buzz around the R&B legend has only grown, especially with the release of his new album COMING HOME. There was speculation about a guest appearance from Mr. Bieber, and predictions about Usher’s intro went viral on TikTok in the days leading up to the event – we beliebed it, too, but alas our dreams did not come true. 

Guest performers included Alicia Keys, who joined in a performance of “My Boo” and her iconic hit “If I Ain’t Got You” – which was heavily memed due to the rather cosy performance. Usher was joined by a line-up of music legends during the show: Ludacris, Lil Jon, H.E.R. (who people mistook for our bestie Miss Miss North Westy), Jermaine Dupri, and will.i.am.

Dora The Explainer

During the Super Bowl broadcast, Dora The Explorer popped up in the corner to explain the rules of the game, which was appealing to younger viewers watching with their families (as well as to people in the UK who primarily watch for the halftime show or Taylor Swift).

Beyoncé announced a new country album

In one of the Super Bowl ads, our queen Beyoncé announced a new country album, teasing it at the end of a Verizon commercial where she said, “Okay, they’re ready, drop the new music.” Her new singles, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages,” were released during the game, accompanied by a visualizer by the one and only Nadia Lee Cohen.

The Chiefs’ back-to-back win

After a nail-biting game and a couple of unprovoked shoves from Taylor Swift’s “Lover,” Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce, and a record-breaking 55-yard field goal from 49ers kicker Jake Moody, the Chiefs won the championship 25-22 the second time in a row with Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman in overtime. 

Featured Image: @ben_liebenberg / NFL

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