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Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show: Who are the performers and what time does it start?

Super Bowl 56 Halftime Show: Who are the performers and what time does it start?Getty
Old school hip hop fans will be well served by this year's halftime show.

The Super Bowl will be feeling some California Love this year.

In addition to the Los Angeles Rams hosting the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood for this season's edition of the championship game, Southern California will be well represented during the halftime show. L.A. area natives Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar will headline the extravaganza, along with Eminem and Mary J. Blige, as the halftime show takes on a distinct turn-of-the-century West Coast flavour.

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Here's everything you need to know about the halftime show, including when the performance is expected to start and more info about the artists.

What time does the Super Bowl 56 halftime show start?

The halftime show is expected to start shortly after 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Exact timing will depend on the length of the first half of the game itself, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.

Who's performing in the Super Bowl 56 halftime show?

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige are the scheduled performers. 

Dr. Dre

Andre Young, a.k.a. Dr. Dre, has been active in the music industry since the mid-1980s. Young was part of seminal rap group N.W.A. before forging a multiplatinum solo career.

The rap legend, now 56 years old, is one of the highest-profile producers in hip hop and has helped shape the careers of his halftime co-performers.

Snoop Dogg

Born Calvin Broadus Jr., Snoop Dogg was Dr. Dre's first protégé after the latter split from N.W.A., and is a hip hop legend in his own right.

Broadus' debut album, Doggystyle, was produced entirely by Dr. Dre and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., thrusting Snoop into superstardom in the early 1990s. The 50-year-old has since branched out into acting and reality TV while continuing to release music both as a lead and featured artist.


Marshall Mathers III was arugably the biggest star on the planet in the early 2000s, with his ascerbic lyricism punctuated by a nasally delivery that combined to create rap's highest-selling artist of all time.

Eminem, 49, was one of the first artists signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment and quickly became the crown jewel of the label, selling over 220 million records worldwide

Kendrick Lamar

The youngster of the halftime performers, 34-year-old Kendrick Lamar Duckworth is seen by some as the heir apparent to the throne of West Coast hip hop. Compton native Lamar started as an independent rapper releasing critically acclaimed mixtapes and albums until he signed with Aftermath in 2012.

Lamar is the only rap artist to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, receiving the honour in 2017 for DAMN.

Mary J. Blige

The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," Mary Jane Blige is the sole non-rapper among this year's list of performers.

Blige, 51, has enjoyed a career spanning four decades and was one of the first artists to blend R&B and hip hop into a popular genre of its own. Like many of her peers, Blige has expanded into other areas of the entertainment business, notably starring in Mudbound and The Umbrella Academy.

Who's singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 56?

Country music artist Mickey Guyton is scheduled to sing the American national anthem.

How to watch Super Bowl 56: TV, live stream

  • US: NBC
  • UK: BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
  • Canada: DAZN
  • Australia: Channel 7
  • Mexico: Azteca 7
  • Germany: ProSieben