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Odds to Perform at 2021 Super Bowl Halftime Show – Taylor Swift Favored, Drake & Adele Given Short Odds

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Will Taylor Swift perform at the 2021 Super Bowl Halftime show? Odds are in her favor. Photo by GabboT [Flickr].
  • In the wake of this year’s Super Bowl, early discussion speculates who will perform at next year’s halftime show
  • Recent years show favoritism in pop divas with some years given to rock bands
  • Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7, 2021

If you were anywhere near a WiFi connection or spoke to any other human in the past 48 hours, it’s likely you discussed this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show.

Latin divas Shakira and Jennifer Lopez delivered a two-part spectacle, performed a medley of hits, and gave folks enough to talk about for weeks.

But, like any sporting event, as soon as the show wrapped all eyes and ears were thinking of the next game. Though it’ll be a while before we know which football teams make it to the 2021 Super Bowl, a discussion is already swirly around which entertainer will dazzle during Halftime next year.

Odds on Super Bowl Halftime Performer for 2021

Odd Odds
Taylor Swift +500
Drake +800
Adele +800
Rihanna +900
Jay Z +900
Queen +1000
Foo Fighters +1200
Ariana Grande +1400
Billie Eilish +1400
Luke Bryan +1600
Lizzo +1600
Post Malone +1600
Bon Jovi +1600
Justin Bieber +1600
Ed Sheeran +1800
Metallica +1800
Elton John +2000
Imagine Dragons +2000
Garth Brooks +2000
Whitney Houston Hologram +2000
Michael Jackson Hologram +2500

Odds taken Feb. 4.

The NFL knows that light and fun poppy shows get the best results. Breezy and cheerful acts like this year’s show by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira get people to tune in and talk about the show for weeks to come.

Looking ahead to 2021’s Super Bowl also means knowing what the entertainment landscape will be like in a year’s time. Because we don’t know if an artist like Lizzo or Post Malone will be in the spotlight (hence their weaker odds), it’s much easier to imagine a seasoned star to take the spotlight.

Out of the stars in the running, it’s shocking that Taylor Swift hasn’t already had a halftime show to her credit. As the poster girl for good girl Americana, she’s poised to be selected as the next performer to do the halftime show. Her songs are fluffy and fun and she has a huge catalog to her credit.

Recent Super Bowl Halftime Show Performers

Year Performer
2020 Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
2019 Maroon 5
2018 Justin Timberlake
2017 Lady Gaga
2016 Coldplay
2015 Katy Perry
2014 Bruno Mars
2013 Beyoncé
2012 Madonna
2011 The Black Eyed Peas

The Biggest Show

It’s not exactly breaking news that the NFL chooses showstopping performers for halftime. Recent years have seen some of the biggest names in entertainment taking the stage. Getting an artist like Lady Gaga or Katy Perry to perform is certainly good for ratings.

On years where pop stars sit out in lieu of rock bands, there’s definitely a lot of complaining. Lopez and Shakira saved the day with their show this year, following recent half-baked performances by Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake– both of which underwhelmed audiences.

The NFL needs fan favorites to rock halftime. When they get too niche, like in the way of Bruno Mars or The Black Eyed Peas, audiences dwindle. Getting someone to do the show on their own like Beyoncé is big because a single performer can command the whole show themselves without any guest acts.

If Swift didn’t want to take the helm, Rihanna or Drake are beloved backups who could truly deliver on Super Bowl Sunday. But with both artists seemingly stepping away from music, it’s hard to imagine they’d be mid-album cycle this time next year.

Another consideration is Adele. The powerhouse diva could definitely fill the stadium with her voice, but her music is too slow and melodic to rev up excitement at a sporting event. Taylor Swift fits that perfect middle ground of excitement and can cater to the masses.

Pick: Taylor Swift (+500)

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