Brutal Truth of the 2022 Halftime Show

Review: Was the Performance Overrated?

Despite many people enjoying the halftime show, I found it overhyped and boring. 

The artists alone are fantastic singers, but on the scale of 100,000 people in a stadium watching the live performance, it needed to be more performance-based rather than audio-based.

It was underwhelming and could have been better. 

The show kicked off with Snoop Dogg singing his iconic banger “Next Episode” with Dr. Dre. Don’t get me wrong, this song is a classic and a crowd-pleaser, but it just doesn’t fit the vibe of the Super Bowl Halftime Show. 

In 2015 Katy Perry performed during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show with her top-charting songs during her Teenage Dream era. Although I’m not the biggest fan of Katy Perry, I found her performance much more energizing and creative. 

Katy used the space appropriately with more dancers, bigger props, and larger more grand gestures. The same goes for other performers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson.

Yes, last week’s show was intended to appeal to an older audience but that should not take away from the wow factor of light work, props, and complexity but sadly it did. 

Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre., and Kendrick Lamar are amazing world-renowned artists but were they the right fit for the biggest football game of the year?

The only artist of the night who had a worthy performance that looked rehearsed was Kendrick Lamar with his song “Alright.” Other than the performers, I also think the stage was not set up for around the stadium. 

The majority of the show took place inside a house where only fifty percent of the audience could see the performers during the show whilst in Katy Perry’s performance she used the entire field top to bottom and was visible the whole time. 

With the show being performed in Los Angeles, California, I understand why the artists were asked to perform considering they have many ties to the state but the creative vision was not there during their actual performance.

I enjoyed the singing and the audio performance and the idea of appealing to an older audience. 

I feel there were lots of potential to produce an unforgettable halftime show performance, especially with the artist lineup. However, it just lacked the entertainment aspect.

This article appeared in the February edition of The East Vision.