New Orleans will be the site of next year’s Super Bowl halftime entertainment.
While known for its jazz roots, the Big Easy is also a popular destination for country and rock fans for concerts along with a deep hip-hop history, producing its share of Billboard hitmakers and Grammy winners.
That being said, who could emerge as the NFL’s headlining act for the Super Bowl 59 halftime show in 2025?
Artists Who Could Appeal to Super Bowl and NFL
We’ll roll with this trend that the league has clearly gone with for its 13 minutes of big game entertainment: An artist who appeals to younger audiences with their countless hits.
But we’ll also throw in this angle: Artists with a tie-in to New Orleans — as a way to potentially pay homage to their home city. Here are five big-name acts who should be in the mix for next year’s halftime festivities, in no particular order.
Lil Wayne Featuring Young Money/Cash Money Artists
Lil Wayne is still revered by many hip-hop and music fans for his immensely successful late 2000s run. Plus he’s had a two-decade career.
And he’s a New Orleans native, making him an instant option for next year.
However, the league may also be convinced to allow his fellow Young Money/Cash Money discoveries Nicki Minaj, Tyga, and Drake to hit the stage with him considering the number of hits they produced.
This could be a similar setup to the famed Super Bowl 56 halftime show that brought out Los Angeles area legends Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Kendrick Lamar — who also shared the stage with two New York legends in Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent plus Detroit native and music rap icon Eminem.
But to really galvanize New Orleans, perhaps Lil Wayne can bring out 2000s hitmakers and fellow N.O. natives Juvenile and Mannie Fresh, who teamed alongside the Grammy-winning Wayne during Cash Money’s early run. This idea brings out some early 2000s to early 2010s nostalgia.
Say the league wants to gravitate back toward a rocker theme and bring out an artist known for galvanizing the crowd.
Pink is perfect for that kind of setup.
Across a nearly three-decade career, Pink is a three-time Grammy winner known for her crossover rock and pop hits. “Get the Party Started,” “U + Ur Hand,” and “Raise Your Glass” are three notable hits from Pink. She’s even crossed over to country by teaming with Kenny Chesney to perform “Setting the World on Fire,” which shows her versatility.
Pink has the type of music to get crowds jumping out of their seats and slowing it down (she even began her career as an R&B artist and was once signed with R&B producer legend L.A. Reid). She has to be on the shortlist for next year.
If the NFL wants to keep its current R&B theme going following Rihanna and Usher, next up would have to be Chris Brown.
Often hailed as the closest thing to music icon Michael Jackson, the veteran R&B singer first rose to fame as a 16-year-old performing “Run It!’ in 2005. He’ll officially hit two decades as an artist next year since that breakout song.
Since then, Brown has produced countless Billboard Hot 100 singles as an R&B crooner, rapper, and an occasional crossover to electro-house music to produce dance hits.
Brown is additionally known for his choreography — which is another plus for Super Bowl halftime shows with Jackson, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and most recently Usher providing a dance element for the game’s break period.
Mariah Carey has had involvement with the big game before. She sang the national anthem in 2002 — which carried special meaning as the song was sung after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on American soil.
But, it’s hard to believe she’s yet to perform at halftime of the big game.
Carey has had a nearly four-decade run as a pop and R&B songstress. She’s gone from singing legendary early 1990s slow cuts “Vision of Love,” “Hero,” and “Love Takes Time” to producing more up-tempo hits “Say Somethin'” alongside Snoop Dogg to “Fantasy.”
Past Super Bowl performer Beyoncé even credited Carey as an influence on her career. She’s one music legend who hasn’t been called upon yet to provide the halftime entertainment.
Finally, we’ve reached perhaps the likely new heavy favorite for next year.
The 2023 season will forever be remembered as “Taylor’s Version.” Taylor Swift simply sat in the suites to cheer on new beau Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs. But in the process, the league witnessed a spark in fan interest — as the Grammy-winning country/pop singer helped bring her massive following over to the league.
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However, despite her newfound intrigue for football, Swift won’t be the Sunday halftime performer. There’s always next year though, right Swifties?
With or without her Chiefs, best believe the NFL more than likely wants to continue to keep its sudden “Taylor Era” going into next season … and for its biggest game of the year.
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