Global superstar Rihanna recently headlined Super Bowl LVII’s halftime show, an achievement that only a select group of musicians have been able to reach. From Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga, artists who take the slot are recognized for their notable impact on music. The halftime show sets expectations high for headliners, as they have to try to make a memorable performance honoring their career.
After watching this year’s performance, listeners around the world are already discussing who they think should headline next year’s show. Taking matters into my own hands, I have decided to list a few artists who I feel should get the slot.
Although still being fairly new to the spotlight, Lizzo has a discography full of memorable and distinctive hits like “Truth Hurts” and “Good as Hell”. Her music is known for being genre-bending, while always trying to spread messages about self-love. Unforgettable tracks like “Boys” and “Cuz I Love You” simultaneously show off Lizzo’s personality and impressive vocal range. With an unmatched stage presence and notable flute-playing abilities, the singer has the potential to show audiences something fresh for the annual performance. Lizzo could also bring out past collaborators like Ariana Grande and Missy Elliott for exciting guest appearances. Knowing the tricks and talents that the singer has up her sleeve, it seems like it’s “About Damn Time” for Lizzo to headline the halftime show.
2. Miley Cyrus
Daring popstar Miley Cyrus has nearly two decades worth of recognizable hits. From light-hearted moments like “We Can’t Stop” to hard-hitting ballads like “The Climb”, Cyrus has a notably dynamic discography that all audiences can resonate with. The superstar is also notorious for taking risks, both musically and visually. Past controversies have left some audiences feeling like Cyrus should not take the stage, but her general praise and acclaim say otherwise. For all we know, Cyrus could even honor Hannah Montana, her famous role on the Disney Channel. With songs like “Nobody’s Perfect” and “The Best of Both Worlds”, her character’s music and signature blonde wig are another great opportunity for Cyrus to excite younger generations. Cyrus’ slot has the potential to be the largest “Party in the U.S.A.” and for audiences watching around the world.
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3. Doja Cat
Rising to stardom near the end of the 2010s, artist Doja Cat has already managed to make a name for herself in the music industry. Viral hits like “Say So” and “Streets” showed the potential that the rapper had to offer, showcasing her ability to both rap and sing in a fascinating style. Decade-defining hits like “Kiss Me More” and “Woman” have helped solidify Doja Cat as one of the most memorable and diverse acts of the 2020s so far. With notable stamina and a background in dance, the powerhouse has also been praised for her infectious stage presence. Her kooky personality and memorable catalog have the chance to reach millions of viewers, and show her impact on today’s music scene.
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4. Ariana Grande
Hitting notes that go almost as high as her signature ponytail, Ariana Grande is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable names in modern music. The singer has proven herself a staple in music with a catalog full of chart-topping hits. Signature hits like “God is a woman” and “thank u, next” show Grande’s range as an artist, churning out both dark trap-infused pop and bubbly anthems. The hitmaker is also known for her ability to perform live, sounding almost exactly like studio versions of her tracks. When performing hits like “Dangerous Woman” and “Break Free”, Grande is notorious for making her live riffs and runs more difficult. Add this and her ability to dance in 6-inch heels, and you’ll truly see the specialty behind Grande’s career. She could also bring out past collaborators like Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd as special guests. Grande could start even more conversations by bringing out fellow cast mates from “Victorious,” her big acting debut on Nickelodeon. Knowing all of these facts about the popstar, it’s honestly a “Problem” that Grande has not gotten to take on the big stage yet.
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As audiences anxiously wait for the announcement of next year’s headliner, more artists are going to be brought into the spotlight of this conversation. The slot is an accolade that very few have been able to reach, but it’s not impossible to achieve.
Hi, my name is Payton Barry. I am a senior at OHS, and this is my first year being a part of the staff at 42Fifty. I am involved in some of our school's extracurricular activities, which include Commotion and Theater. I adore music, pop culture, and I am beyond excited to be an Arts & Entertainment editor!