Every Super Bowl halftime performer in history: Usher, Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and more
Every Super Bowl halftime performer in history: Usher, Beyonce, Rihanna, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and more
Check out the list of artists who've taken the stage for every Super Bowl halftime show.

One of the major non-football storylines that centers around the Super Bowl is the halftime show. These days, the halftime show is one of the most exciting performances of the year and is headlined by some of the biggest artists of all time. 

Last year, Rihanna took the stage at State Farm Stadium during Super Bowl LVII. Before that, five performers took the stage for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California: Eminem, Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige performed halfway through the Rams win over the Bengals

Usher headlined the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show in Las Vegas (airing on CBS and Paramount+) on Feb. 11. 

For the artists who play the halftime show at the Super Bowl, they're entertaining an audience that is exponentially bigger than any they've ever encountered. It was not always like that however. 

So, what were the shows like before they were must-see television? Do you remember that killer halftime show featuring the Rockettes, Chubby Checker and the 88 grand pianos in 1988? Do you remember the captivating "Be Bop Bamboozled" at the Orange Bowl in 1989? No, no you do not. Ditto Carol Channing (twice) or any one of those four annoyingly contrived Up With People performances in the late '70s and early '80s.

The Super Bowl halftime show, before Michael Jackson, was an endless wasteland of college marching bands and maddening flag-spinning tributes, from salutes to Hollywood (twice), to Motown, to the Big Band Era, to the Caribbean, to Duke Ellington. We also got the New Kids on the Block (1991) not singing any of their biggest hits and Gloria Estefan (1992) providing the soundtrack for Olympic figure skaters Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano of "What would Brian Boitano do?" fame, because nothing says a Minnesota Super Bowl like the lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine.

Then we got the King of Pop at the Rose Bowl in 1993 -- and the Super Bowl halftime show was never the same again.

Here is the complete list of previous Super Bowl halftime performers and themes:

Beyonce brings the heat in New Orleans. USATSI
Prince made it rain purple in Miami.  Getty Images
The world's biggest boy band and the Bad Boys of Boston share the Super Bowl stage.  Getty Images
Diana Ross performs at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Getty Images
Michael Jackson stares down the Rose Bowl.  Getty Images

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