Rihanna killed her Halftime performance at the Super Bowl LVII. Although we are still recovering, now we’re thinking about who the NFL should pick to headline Super Bowl LVIII. If they were to pick a hip-hop or R&B act for next year’s big game, we’ve come up with a few suggestions to help get them started.
Take a look at 10 performers the NFL should consider for Super Bowl LVIII:
Drake would be the perfect candidate to headline the Super Bowl LVIII. He has a record-breaking discography and an amazing stage presence. He has also collaborated with many artists on this list as well as other musicians in different genres so bringing them out on stage would be a treat for non-hip-hop fans as well.
Nicki Minaj has been holding the rap girlies down for years, and it's time she gets her flowers. Nicki's fifth studio album has been brewing but has no official release date, so while the anticipation is already high, why not release it weeks before next year's Super Bowl? She could even make a tour announcement after the show. The last time the rapper did a tour was for her fourth studio album Queen back in 2019.
Kendrick Lamar already got a taste of performing at the Super Bowl when he performed alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and 50 Cent during Super Bowl LVI. All of Kendrick's albums thus far have resonated with fans, so it wouldn't matter if he stuck to one album or did a medley of his biggest hits.
Chris Brown not only has the pipes to get through a compelling performance, but he's also got the moves. The Virginia native could easily play his notable hits from his debut album or some of his music from the past few years.
Like many of the artists on this list, Future has a long discography that goes back at least a decade. Hits such as "Mask Off" "Life Is Good," and "Codeine Crazy," are just some of the songs that could get the crowd going. Plus, he recently tweeted he's in "album mode" so what better way to gain excitement than to headline the Super Bowl?
While there was controversy the last time Janet Jackson took the stage at the Super Bowl, it would be a disservice to Janet fans to not let her have her solo moment on the world's biggest stage. This year, Janet is embarking on the Together Again tour, so she and her dancers would already be geared up and ready to go if the opportunity were to arise.
Doja Cat is gearing up for her fourth studio album, but honestly, we are still recovering from Planet Her, which was released in 2021. She's a newer talent than most on the list, but her remarkable performance skill (plus the girl can rap AND sing) puts her in the running for someone who would have a show-stopping performance.
If Mary J. Blige were to have a solo headlining performance at the Super Bowl, all she would need to do is run back "Family Affair" a couple of times, and we would be fine with that. Seriously though , after her viral death drop during the Super Bowl LVI, she proved once again how remarkable of a performer she is and why she is the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.
Imagine the stadium lights are off, and you hear in the intro to "Superstar" with a spotlight emerging on Usher. The eight-time Grammy Award winner would be a great choice for the next Super Bowl because he sure knows how to entertain. His Las Vegas residency got extended due to him selling out all 25 of his 2022 shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM. If the NFL wants an explosive Halftime Show, they know who to call.
Jay-Z mentioned he's turned down the Super Bowl before, which he raps in "Apes---" with Beyoncé. "Once I said no to the Super Bowl: You need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the end zone. Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too," he rapped. His feelings might have changed since the song came out in 2018 because the following year, he entered a deal with the NFL to enhance its live game experiences and to amplify the league's social justice efforts. Maybe this time around, he might reconsider hitting the big stage.