The Weeknd mashed up some of his most popular hits for the Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show, but unlike in years past, he didn’t bring out a surprise guest.
Still, the “Die For You” singer-songwriter was joined on stage by a massive choir, as well as a dance group and all-Black violinists.
As lights flashed around him from a replica of the Las Vegas strip, the artist stepped on stage to perform his single “Starboy” in front of a socially distanced crowd at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
The 30-year-old Canadian artist, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, next performed “The Hills” with fog machines and fireworks.
The third song in the medley was “Can’t Feel My Face” followed by “I Feel It Coming,” and a single from his most recent album, “Save Your Tears.”
The Grammy-winning artist had a violin accompaniment to perform “Earned It” for the latter part of his performance, and ended the show with “Blinding Lights.”
To pull off the performance with a choir, dancers, strobe lights, fog machines and a lot of blinding lights, The Weeknd took on some of the financial costs to the tune of $7 million to “make this halftime show be what he envisioned,” his manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby told Billboard last month.
Despite spending millions of dollars, the Grammy winner received mixed reviews on his performance.
Twitter user @SylviaKAlston tweeted: “You know it’s bad when you perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and Bruno Mars is trending and he ain’t been there in four years. Smh. Womp womp. #SuperBowlHalftimeShow”
Watch The Weeknd’s full performance below: