In the same week Toronto’s Mod Club Theatre, which hosted his first-ever concert in 2011, permanently closed its doors, The Weeknd (real name Abel Tesfaye) revealed he’s heading for one of the biggest stages in America.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” The Weeknd said in a statement. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year.”
Original XO fans took to Twitter to show how they grew up watching one of the world’s brightest superstars by sharing pictures from when he was an underground Canadian artist.
@SHREKRAP, which fans have speculated to be Chicago rapper Saba, wrote, “THE WEEKND FOR THE SUPER BOWL HALF TIME SHOW. LETS GOOOOOO.” And one Twitter user even synched his No. 1 hit “Blinding Lights” to the “Sweet Victory” performance scene of SpongeBob SquarePants, which made a cameo at the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show in 2019 when Maroon 5 headlined, featuring guest performers Travis Scott and Big Boi.
See the best reactions below.
THE WEEKND FOR THE SUPER BOWL HALF TIME SHOW
— SHREK KNOWS RAP (@SHREKRAP) November 12, 2020
The only reason im watching the superbowl 💀💀💀
— Ahmed Ali (@iaminpainlol) November 12, 2020
So The Weeknd secured “Blinding Lights” as the Wrestlemania theme song which was set to be in Tampa Bay this past year and now he’s doing the halftime show for this upcoming Super Bowl in Tampa Bay. Look how life works 🔥
— Invader HIM (@armonsadler) November 12, 2020
As an OG XO, I can’t put into words how proud I am of Abel! I saw this man grow from an underground artist that nobody knew what he looked like to what he is now, a future super bowl half time show performer. @theweeknd I am so so so proud of you!
— 𝕰𝖛𝖎𝖊 (@Destructivie) November 12, 2020
The Weeknd for Super Bowl Halftime Show? SAY LESS 🤩 pic.twitter.com/QoBrxtpRLG
— BRITNEY IS FREE!!! ❤️🔥 (@leo_kardashian) November 12, 2020
The Weeknd will perform at the #Superbowl halftime show on February 7, 2021.
How it started How it’s going: pic.twitter.com/Ibl3HcXb5M
— Rated R&B (@RatedRnB) November 12, 2020
can we discuss how the weeknd had the best era this year? from the visuals to the quality music and now the super bowl. yeah no male artist is seeing him this year. https://t.co/i3RWeioD3r
— chu (@chuuzus) November 12, 2020
THE WEEKND IS PREFORMING AT THE SUPER BOWL HOLY SHIT
— Giorgia (@gixorgiarose) November 12, 2020