The “Blinding Lights” singer took us to church and Sin City for his debut Super Bowl performance – and the TL is flooded with memes.
Creating and producing a Super Bowl halftime show underneath the cloud of a pandemic isn’t easy, but Canadian pop R&B star The Weeknd said “challenge accepted,” and gave us a brilliantly produced show that solidified his domination in pop over the past decade. With a country that has been deeply divided the past year, the singer gave us 15 minutes of escapism with chill-inducing crescendos and retro-pop gems.
With no shortage of press in the run-up to the show, due to his infamous snub from the Grammys for his groundbreaking album After Hours, we were expecting nothing but great things from the artist and he delivered.
Featuring a range of tunes spanning his career from “Starboy” to “Blinding Lights”, the artist took us from the pews of a church with red-eyed choir vocalists to the depths of Sin City with cinematic face-bandaged dancers. While the sound system might have not projected the artist’s vocals as we would have hoped, the singer made sure the visuals did the talking with dance floor ready formations and a booming stage presence.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl performance without the meme galore that followed on from the show, and Abel Tesfaye’s drunken stupor during “Can’t Feel My Face” has already been added to the Meme Hall of Frame.
Check out the performance and some of the best memes below…