by Sreeja Gangula ’25
The Super Bowl has been a very important part of American tradition and culture since the first one took place on January 15th, 1967, but for those like me, the game isn’t the only reason to watch the big game.
The halftime show takes place in the middle of the game and brings in artists to showcase their talents and provide a different source of entertainment in the form of a mini-concert of the artists’ biggest hits.
As new artists come forward, different genres and experiences are brought to the table, and even with Covid-19, people continue to preserve this tradition, changing the way people view the Super Bowl halftime show every year.
This year, the performers were Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent. These rappers and singers were all very popular entertainers in the 90s and early 2000s, but are largely unfamiliar to Gen Z.
This is because this year’s halftime show was targeted toward millennials and Gen X, rather than the current generation, providing a different form of nostalgia for those watching the performance. Many members of older generations were pleased that they got to relive the songs that they grew up on.
The show itself had around 103.4 million viewers, breaking last year’s viewer rate by 6.7 million viewers, partially due to the hype of the game itself with rapidly growing superstar Joe Burrow and established players Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald.
Because of the different ages and eras of the artists, there have been heated debates on which generation owned the Superbowl, and each side has its own opinion. Gen X, being the so-called “forgotten generation”, made them even more enraged and wishful for the title of who owned the Super Bowl.
Regardless of which generation claims ownership of the halftime show, it is certain that this performance ranks as one of the top shows of all time due to the cultural significance these songs have had on modern music.