TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa’s Super Bowls have had some memorable musical performances.
Remember Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem in 1991? And Bruce Springsteen sliding into the camera in 2009?
This Sunday, organizers promise a show like none before when the Weeknd hits the stage.
The Weeknd is known for going all out with his shows. He performed on top of a New York City skyscraper at the MTV video music awards.
The Weeknd says he’ll be using different parts of the stadium, including the pirate ship.
He says because of COVID-19 and the health and safety of the players and workers, there will not be the traditional stage on the field.
“We kind of built the stage within the stadium and we are also using the field as well but we want to do something that we’ve never done before. So we built the stage in the stadium, but I’m not going to tell you anything else because you have to watch on Sunday," he said.
The Weeknd says his favorite Super Bowl halftime show was Diana Ross in 1996. She left the field on a helicopter.
His song "Blinding Lights" broke the record for most weeks spent on the Top 5 and Top 10 of the Billboard charts.
The Weeknd also says despite some of his R-rated music videos, he will do his best to make this performance PG.
Leading up to his performance, he donated 150 meals to frontline healthcare workers at Advent Health Carrollwood. He chose a Black-owned Tampa restaurant, Mama’s Southern Soul Food, to do the cooking.
“I see that people are struggling and I just want to help. I’ve been in that position myself. I know what it feels like. I never really had money growing up, so giving away isn’t hard for me. It’s very easy," he said.
The Weeknd has played a handful of Tampa concerts in recent years and calls the crowds here “insane.”
He says they don’t just sing the lyrics in Tampa, they scream them.