By: Kelsey Martin

I hate football. And I get it, that’s the main event for the Super Bowl. It’s the football game of the year. But there’s so much more to watch on Super Bowl Sunday that a non-football fan like myself can enjoy. The halftime show, pregame performance, the commercials and the national anthem, all the pageantry makes for a good viewing experience. Here are some of the performers that will be taking the stage for the big game this year, as well as some of their songs in case you want to familiarize yourself with their work.

Halftime Show

Who will be singing in the halftime show? It’s arguably the biggest 12-14 minute concert of the year. And the performance gets as much scrutiny, if not more than game year in and year out. As of right now, we know Rihanna is the headliner. But who will accompany her on stage is a complete mystery. Some of her most popular songs are “Umbrella”, “Love On The Brain”, and “Russian Roulette”, but she has a ton and it has the potential to be an excellent halftime show.


Some of the commercials we can expect to see will be the mayonnaise brand Hellmann’s, as it has revealed its ad will feature Jon Hamm and Brie Larson, as part of its “Make Taste, Not Waste” campaign. Online savings platform Rakuten has Alicia Silverstone playing her iconic role from “Clueless” in its second year advertising at the Super Bowl. You can also expect to see brands like Taco Bell, Pepsi, Avocados from Mexico, and Doritos put out hilarious, memorable commercials.

National Anthem

On occasion, the performance of the national anthem can sometimes overshadow the halftime show. The biggest example of this happened in 1991 when Whitney Houston blasted arguably the greatest national anthem of all-time, stealing the show from New Kids on the Block 30 game minutes ahead of them taking the stage. The national anthem will be sung this year by country star and Kentucky native Chris Stapleton. His most popular songs are “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Fire away”, and “Cold”.

Also to the game, BabyFace will be singing “America the Beautiful”. In case you don’t know who BabyFace is, he’s an R&B singer whose most popular songs are “I Care About You”, “Soon As I Get Home”, and “Nobody Knows It But Me”.

Even if you’re not a football fan, I hope you enjoy watching the Super Bowl this year. I know I will!

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