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BUD LIGHT SUPER BOWL MUSIC FEST

Miley, Machine Gun Kelly, Green Day and Gwen Stefani were among the musical highlights leading up to the big game in LA.

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Miley Cyrus
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Super Bowl weekend in Los Angeles was filled with plenty of iconic moments and the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest provided more than a few of them before the big game even kicked off.

Beginning on Thursday at the Crypto.com Arena, night one started with a performance from Machine Gun Kelly, who appeared on stage in an all-pink, pearl-adorned outfit with matching guitar. After performing his tracks “Drunk Face” and “El Diablo”, MGK did a lap of the arena while singing “Nothing Inside”, before being joined by rapper Trippie Redd for their collabs “All I Know” and “Candy”.

The special guests didn’t end there, as MGK’s frequent collaborator Travis Barker hopped on drums for “Forget Me Too” – when they were also joined by Halsey – and “Papercuts”. “Emo Girl” brought Willow Smith to the stage and, of course, Megan Fox and Kourtney Kardashian were both in the house to watch their “future baby daddies” perform.

Up next was Halsey, who returned to the stage for her own set, marking the first time she had performed live in two years. The new mum joked with fans, “Can you believe a baby came out of here?!” and shared that she had developed imposter syndrome during her time away from the stage, though you would never be able to tell.

Singles including “Graveyard”, “Colors” and “You Should Be Sad” had the whole arena singing along, while newest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power also got plenty of airtime.

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Night two saw a change of pace for recently-wed Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton, who each performed their own sets, as well as duetting on their tracks “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere”. Gwen’s hit-packed set came first, with “The Sweet Escape” and “Hollaback Girl” getting the crowd pumped, and “Don’t Speak”, “Spiderwebs” and “Just A Girl” doing it for the OG No Doubt fans.

When Blake took to the stage, he joked that his duets with Gwen had to come at the top of his section, because she wanted to start on the tequila. It was the Friday night of Super Bowl weekend, after all.

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Gwen Stefani
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gwen stefani

For the final evening of Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest on Saturday, just hours before the LA Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, Miley Cyrus brought an early “Party In The U.S.A.”. Looking every inch a rock star in a red North Face x Gucci puffer jacket over a coordinating Gucci crop top and leggings, with huge sunglasses and a platinum blonde bob, Miley kicked off with “We Can’t Stop” from her Bangerz era.

Giving fans the entirely new live show she had promised on Instagram earlier that afternoon, Miley then launched into “Plastic Hearts” from her latest album, which led into Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”. The epic set also included covers of her godmother Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”.

When it came to Miley’s original material, there was a little something for everyone, with Hannah Montana-era hits “The Climb”, “7 Things” and “See You Again” peppered in with the first live performance of “Never Be Me” and the iconic “Wrecking Ball”.

Miley chatted easily with the crowd, but admitted she was still finding her feet again post-Covid, and that she was just as scared as everybody else. Interacting with fans throughout, she grabbed T-shirts and even a pair of boxer shorts from attendees in the pit, throwing them on over her clothes much to everyone’s amusement. A “Hannah Montana for president” flag brought cheers, as did mentions of the #FreeBritney movement, of which Miley has been a vocal supporter.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus
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Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Last but definitely not least, Green Day rounded out the festival, with the loudest pyrotechnics of the weekend and a nostalgic, career-spanning setlist including “American Idiot”, “Holiday”, “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” and “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”. The 28-track performance also included a cover of Tommy James & The Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now” and “Rock And Roll All Nite” by KISS.

We’re going to need the next year to recover, but what a way to ring in LA’s hometown Super Bowl victory.

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Photography by Dustin Kessler

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Photography by Dustin Kessler
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Words
Jennifer Lynn
BUD LIGHT SUPER BOWL MUSIC FEST

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