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As NFL teams continue to compete in the playoffs to earn the chance to play in Super Bowl LVI (56) in Los Angeles, fans can now get a sneak peek at what to expect during this year’s halftime show.
The world found out in September 2021 who would perform during the legendary halftime show when the NFL announced the star-studded rap and R&B lineup, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, would take the stage together for the first time on Feb.13 at SoFi Stadium.
Now, Pepsi has released a trailer for the upcoming performance, and it looks more like a feature film announcement than a halftime show preview.
The trailer, titled “The Call,” is meant as a tribute to the influence all five of this year’s Super Bowl performers have had on the musical landscape over the past three decades and their “journey from the streets of L.A. to SoFi stadium next month,” according to a press statement from Pepsi.
“Each time I collaborate with Dre, it seems to mark an important moment in entertainment history, from projects like ‘Friday,’ ‘Set It Off,’ ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ to now the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show,” F. Gary Gray, the trailer’s director, said in the statement. “As a super fan, I consider it an honor and privilege to authentically build and create this moment with five of the most legendary artists in music history. It’s been a blast!”
“The Call” trailer is a nearly 4-minute mini-movie that tells the story of how these five music superstars got together for one special performance on the halftime show stage. With dazzling special effects and a soundtrack featuring some of the best selections from each of the artists scheduled to perform, Pepsi hopes it will build the excitement worthy of the stars in the show, according to the company’s Vice President of Marketing, Todd Kaplan.
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“Given our epic lineup of five superstar talents, we wanted to deliver a cinematic experience that could properly honor each of the artists and celebrate their role in music and culture as they descend upon Los Angeles to deliver a performance for the ages,” said Kaplan in the release.
How To Watch The Super Bowl Without Cable
You can watch the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show on Feb. 13 during the big game, which will air on NBC. If you don’t have cable, you can still tune into the Super Bowl. You can stream it on Peacock or the NBC Sports app, for example. But if you want to avoid subscription fees, the original way to watch the Super Bowl remains the most cost-effective and reliable: install an over-the-air digital antenna. Since the game always airs on either CBS, Fox or NBC — three of the major over-the-air broadcast networks — it’s totally free for anyone with a TV and antenna to watch on their local affiliate.
If you’ve already got your over-the-air antenna set up and your local NBC affiliate is already scanned into your channel lineup, simply flip to that station on the day of the game and enjoy the coverage from start to finish, fee-free, including NBC’s pre- and post-game shows, all the commercials and the halftime show.
If you don’t have an over-the-air antenna, check out this guide on finding the best one for your needs, then install it and run a scan for channels on your TV. Your local NBC affiliate should be among the ones you receive and that’s where you’ll want to flip on game day.