What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start? When to expect 2023 performers on stage
What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start? When to expect 2023 performers on stage
What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?

Some ask when the Super Bowl starts, but you're here to figure out when the halftime show begins.

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Maybe you're not a big football fan. Maybe you just want to watch Rihanna. Maybe you want there to witness history, whether it be a viral meme moment or the next wardrobe malfunction.

Whatever it might be, the Super Bowl halftime show is, typically, worth watching. This year, Rihanna makes that exceptionally true, when she breaks her five-year performance hiatus to take center stage at the Apple halftime show in Arizona.

The Grammy-award winning artist is set to perform at Super Bowl 57, and it's unclear who (if anyone) will join her. Last year, the NFL put on a spectacle at halftime, with five artists — Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige — as well as a special guest in 50 Cent, performing at SoFi Stadium. This year, Rihanna is set to fly solo — but as we've seen with the halftime show in years past, there's always a surprise or two in the works.

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Here's when you can tune in for this year's halftime show:

What time does the Super Bowl halftime show start?

  • 8 p.m. ET (approximate time)

With Super Bowl 57 starting at 6:30 p.m. ET, halftime should be ~8 p.m. ET. That's an inexact time, considering NFL games are pretty fluid. The first half should wrap up around 8 o'clock ET, however, making way for the halftime show soon after.

The halftime is usually about 20 minutes, so the performance should be roughly 10 songs, some truncated and remixed.


Who is performing during halftime of Super Bowl 2023?

Leading into Super Bowl Sunday, the only confirmed performer for the halftime show is Grammy-winning artist, Rihanna. She was announced as the headliner for the show in 2022. This is the first time that Rihanna is performing a concert in five years.

Typically, halftime shows featuring guest appearances, sometimes surprise guests. As of Feb. 6, there was no word if Rihanna will be joined on-stage by another performer.

If Rihanna is the sole performer, then that will be the first time since The Weeknd's performance that there was a single artist on stage. It would also mark one of the few times in the last 20 years that there have been a single performer on stage. 

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Katy Perry (Super Bowl 49, 2015), The Who (Super Bowl 44, 2010), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (Super Bowl 42, 2008), The Rolling Stones (Super Bowl 40, 2006), Paul McCartney (Super Bowl 39, 2005) and U2 (Super Bowl 36, 2002) all performed without special guests or shared headliners.

That would also mark a drastic departure from Super Bowl 56, when Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak performed at SoFi Stadium.

Do performers get paid for the Super Bowl halftime show?

Performers actually don't get paid for the halftime show. The NFL covers the expenses of production, and also the performer's travel costs. The performers, though, don't get a check for their work. 

In 2021, The Weeknd's production costs exceeded the NFL's allowance, and he spent $7 million of his own money to foot the bill for the event.

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Who is singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 57?

The NFL announced that country artist Chris Stapleton would be offering his vocals for Super Bowl 57's national anthem.

Stapleton has racked up countless streams over the course of his 20-plus-year career, thrusting himself to the top of the country charts in the process.

His critically acclaimed debut, "Traveller", was hailed as "encapsulating the grit of life, turning it into a hell of a journey," by Billboard. He has since earned endless acclaim, reaching he top of the Billboard charts on four separate occasions and collecting a host of accolades.

History of Super Bowl halftime show performers

Super Bowl Year Performer(s)
1 1967 "Super Sighs and Sounds" with University of Arizona and Grambling State University bands
2 1968 Grambling State University band
3 1969 "America Thanks" with Florida A&M University band and Miami-area high school bands
4 1970 "Tribute to New Orleans" with Southern University band, Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Marguerite Piazza
5 1971 Southeast Missouri State band
6 1972 "Salute to Louis Armstrong" with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team
7 1973 "Happiness Is…" with University of Michigan Band, Andy Williams and Woody Herman
8 1974 "A Musical America" with University of Texas Band
9 1975 "Tribute to Duke Ellington" with Mercer Ellington and Grambling State University bands
10 1976 "200 Years and Just a Baby: A Tribute to America's Bicentennial" featuring Up With People
11 1977 "It's a Small World" by Walt Disney Productions including spectators waving colored placards on cue
12 1978 "From Paris to the Paris of America" with Pete Fountain, Al Hirt and The Apache Band
13 1979 "Salute to the Caribbean" with Ken Hamilton and various bands
14 1980 "A Salute to the Big Band Era" featuring Up With People
15 1981 "A Mardi Gras Festival" with Pete Fountain and the Southern University band
16 1982 "A Salute to the 60's and Motown" featuring Up With People
17 1983 "KaleidoSUPERscope" (a kaleidoscope of color and sound, also featuring spectator-held colored placards)
18 1984 "Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen" from Walt Disney Productions
19 1985 "A World of Children's Dreams" featuring Tops in Blue
20 1986 "Beat of the Future" featuring Up With People
21 1987 "Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary and The Land of Make Believe", a Disney production featuring high school bands
22 1988 "Something Grand" featuring Chubby Checker, 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes, and the USC and San Diego State bands
23 1989 "BeBop Bamboozled" featuring 3-D effects
24 1990 "Salute to New Orleans" and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts' characters, featuring Doug Kershaw, Doug Kershaw and Irma Thomas
25 1991 "A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl" featuring New Kids on the Block
26 1992 "Winter Magic" featuring Gloria Estefan and figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
27 1993 "Heal the World" featuring Michael Jackson
28 1994 "Rockin' Country Sunday" featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi Judd
29 1995 "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye" featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine
30 1996 "Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Super Bowl" featuring Diana Ross
31 1997 "Blues Brothers Bash" featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman, James Belushi, James Brown and ZZ Top
32 1998 "A Tribute to Motown's 40th Anniversary" including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations
33 1999 "Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing" featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover
34 2000 "A Tapestry of Nations" featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni Braxton
35 2001 "The Kings of Rock and Pop" featuring Aerosmith and NSYNC with guests Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly
36 2002 U2
37 2003 Shania Twain and No Doubt with guest Sting
38 2004 "Choose or Lose" featuring Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Jessica Simpson
39 2005 Paul McCartney
40 2006 The Rolling Stones
41 2007 Prince
42 2008 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
43 2009 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
44 2010 The Who
45 2011 The Black Eyed Peas with guests Usher and Slash
46 2012 Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj
47 2013 Beyoncé with guests Destiny's Child
48 2014 Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers
49 2015 Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz
50 2016 Coldplay with guests Beyoncé and Bruno Mars
51 2017 Lady Gaga
52 2018 Justin Timberlake
53 2019 Maroon 5 with guests Travis Scott and Big Boi
54 2020 Shakira and Jennifer Lopez with guests Bad Bunny and J Balvin
55 2021 The Weeknd
56 2022 Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige
57 2023 Rihanna

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