At the end of September, the NFL announced that an epic ensemble of artists will perform at the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show live from SoFi Stadium on Sunday, February 13th, 2022, on NBC. The announced artists are Mary J. Blige, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar.
This will mark the first time that these five artists have ever performed together on stage in their tremendous careers. Combined, these musicians have created 22 number one albums on the Billboards and have won 43 Grammys.
For Los Angeles, this is the first time that the region has held a Super Bowl in nearly three decades. So, there’s definitely a So-Cal feel with Compton’s Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar along with Long Beach’s Snoop Dogg.
“On February 13, 2022, at the Super Bowl, Dr. Dre, a musical visionary from Compton; Snoop Dogg, an icon from Long Beach; and Kendrick Lamar, a young musical pioneer in his own right, also from Compton; will take center field for a performance of a lifetime. They will be joined by the lyrical genius, Eminem; and the timeless Queen, Mary J. Blige … This is history in the making.”
In addition to the excitement over this Halftime Show, NFL betting sites have already released some early prop bets for this epic musical performance.
Let’s huddle up to examine these Super Bowl LVI prop bets, courtesy of Bovada, and see if there are any opportunities to make some early wagers.
All Five Artists to Collaborate Together for a Song?
For those that don’t know who these artists are, don’t listen to these genres, or just need a reminder of who these five musicians are, here’s a quick rundown:
Dr. Dre was an original member of NWA in the 1980s and went on to co-found Death Row Records. He’s one of the most influential individuals in the history of Rap and Hip Hop. Dre has six Grammys and will be tasked with coordinating the Halftime Show.
Dr. Dre made the following statement about this Super Bowl 22 Halftime Show:
“The opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and to do it in my own backyard, will be one of the biggest thrills of my career. I’m grateful to Jay-Z, Roc Nation, the NFL, and Pepsi as well as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar for joining me in what will be an unforgettable cultural moment.”
Snoop Dogg is a 17-time Grammy nominee who has crossed over from Rap to the mainstream as he’s become a pop culture star. He started with Dr. Dre and worked his way up to collaborations with other celebrities like Martha Stewart.
Eminem also got his breakthrough with Dr. Dre and would go on to become one of the most talented lyricists in the history of the rap game. He’s been awarded 15 Grammys.
Kendrick Lamar is considered to be one of the most talented artists of his generation with 13 Grammys and an Academy Award nomination for his work on the Black Panther Wakanda Forever!
Last, but not least, is Mary J. Blige who has nine Grammys and is a recent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She’s widely considered to be one of the greatest female R&B artists of all-time and a strong influence in my High School and College days.
With so much talent involved in a historic Halftime Show, I can’t see how all five artists don’t collaborate together on at least one song. In fact, it would be a shame if they all don’t collaborate for a song.
For this prop bet, take the Yes option. As of now, there aren’t any odds for a No option.
All Five Artists to Collaborate Together? –Yes (+150)
Number of Songs Performed
Over 7.5 (-140)
Under 7.5 (Even)
As of now, it’s being reported that the Halftime Show is expected to be 12-minutes long. Oddsmakers are setting the Over/Under at 7.5 songs, which is pretty ambitious considering there are five artists and many popular songs to try and cover.
I would imagine that each artist gets one of their popular songs in this show with a few other songs as a hodge-podge collaboration with two or more artists.
Considering Dr. Dre’s ability to lay tracks and mix beats, I would expect that the talented producer finds a way to get Over 7.5 songs in this show.
Number of Songs Performed –Over 7.5 (-140)
Who Will Sing First?
Mary J Blige (+175)
Kendrick Lamar (+250)
Snoop Dog (+350)
Dr Dre (+500)
As long as we don’t get a show where these artists are singing over each other or typical hype men screaming over each other, this Halftime performance will be awesome.
As for who sings first, I think there really is only one choice here and that’s the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” Mary J. Blige.
Blige broke on the scene in 1992 and quickly emerged as a talented singer with powerful lyrics and a standout voice.
Arguably, her biggest hit, even if it isn’t her best or my favorite Blige song, was Family Affair which was produced by Dr. Dre.
The 2001 song topped the Billboard charts for six straight weeks making it Blige’s first and only No. 1 hit. It also entered various Top 10 international charts as well, largely due to the catchy beat and some creative lyrics.
Plus, I can’t be the only one who learned the word “percolating” from this song.
When not singing, Blige has also starred on various TV shows and films. I really enjoyed her as Monet Tejada in Power Book II: Ghost. Mary plays a drug queenpin who really brings grit and energy to this spinoff.
Recently, Mary made news with the outfit she wore at a major fashion show in Detroit. The Queen is also releasing a new album in November.
Not only do I think Blige will sing first, but I also believe that Family Affair is the odds on favorite for the first song to be performed at the Halftime Show.
Who Will Sing First? –Mary J Blige (+175)
Will a Brand New Song Be Featured?
This Super Bowl prop bet is a tricky one. As just mentioned, Mary J. Blige has a new album releasing soon. That’s easily a strong candidate for at least one new song to crack the Halftime Show.
Additionally, Snoop Dogg has talked about collaborating with Eminem on new music. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if they perform part of a new song at the Super Bowl with Dr. Drew laying down the tracks.
And, Kendrick Lamar always seems to be working on a new project. Plus, what better way to promote a new song than at the SB LVI Halftime Show?
Out of all the Super Bowl Halftime props available, I believe we should wait on this one. Let’s see if any of the performers outside of Blige announce a new song or album coming out over the next few months.
Additionally, the No option, which isn’t available as of this writing, could provide decent value when listed in the future.
Will a Brand New Song Be Featured? –Wait on this prop bet
Eminem SB LVI Prop Bets
The insanely popular Eminem was in the news recently and this time it wasn’t for a diss track, feuding with another celebrity or more controversial lyrics.
Instead, Eminem made a surprise appearance at the opening of a new Detroit restaurant named after one of his lyrics – Mom’s Spaghetti.
A line to order spaghetti through the alley window stretched a few blocks. However, the first 10 customers in line were treated to a surprise as Eminem actually served orders before driving off in an SUV being chased after by screaming fans.
In addition to Mom’s Spaghetti, there’s a store above the spaghetti bodega called the Trailer which is in reference to B Rabbit’s home in Eminem’s film 8 Mile.
Not only has Eminem made a significant impact on Detroit and Hip-Hop, but he could also make a significant impact on your bankroll through the following Super Bowl LVI prop bets:
Will Eminem Make a Political Statement?
There’s no doubt in my mind that Eminem makes some kind of political statement whether it’s by words, lyrics, props or actions.
Slim Shady is no stranger to political statements, controversies and outcries. The following is a list of some of his more memorable political actions:
In 2002, a cartoon Slim Shady rips up the US Constitution. This was during the heart of Eminem’s battle against censorship.
In 2003, the lyrics “I don’t rap for dead presidents, I’d rather see the president dead” warranted a Secret Service investigation.
In 2004, Eminem blasted George W. Bush during his second term.
In 2012, Slim publicly backed Obama and even made the following comments:
“Obama’s great. Obama is giving people hope. Not to sound too political… He seems like he’s a great f***ing guy. He’s got a great head on his shoulders. He speaks with authority and confidence. He’s got an aura about him that’s just incredible. I’d never followed an election like  like I did. He’s given us a sense of hope.”
From 2016 to 2020, Eminem constantly criticized President Trump in lyrics and in public statements.
Perhaps, his biggest political statement came when Eminem publicly endorsed Biden and Harris by allowing them to use his “Lose Yourself” song as a campaign video.
Will Eminem Make a Political Statement? –Yes (-150)
Eminem’s First Song?
Lose Yourself (+275)
My Name Is (+300)
The Real Slim Shady (+300)
Without Me (+350)
Speaking of “Lose Yourself,” Eminem’s biggest hit is the odds on favorite for his first song to be performed at the Super Bowl next year. However, I don’t see this being the case.
Yes, I do believe “Lose Yourself” will be played at the SB LVI Halftime Show, but it won’t be first. Instead, I see “The Real Slim Shady” being the first song performed.
“The Real Slim Shady” was released in the spring of 2000 and it quickly blew up into a massive hit. It was Eminem’s first single and it came out about a month before his insanely popular album The Marshall Mathers LP was released.
This hit song was a collaboration from Eminem and Dr. Dre along with being their first hit together. It seems only appropriate to have this as the first Slim Shady song performed.
Eminem’s First Song? –The Real Slim Shady (+300)
Snoop Dogg Prop Bets
Out of all the Halftime performers, Snoop Dogg seems like the one who is always on television. Whether it’s commercials or appearances on TV shows, Mr. Dogg has become a pop culture star.
“Me, Dr. Dre, Eminem, had a light discussion about what we trying to do. It’s about to go full speed ahead. But I tell you, this it’s gonna be one of the greatest Super Bowl halftime shows that you ever witnessed. Dr. Dre is on it. He’s putting his time together with the specifics and the dynamics of what we’re doing.”
I agree, this should be one of the best Super Bowl Halftime shows ever.
Snoop Dogg to Smoke on Stage?
We all know how Snoop Dogg is a prolific supporter of his weed, chronic, blunts, etc. Unfortunately for Snoop, I don’t see a scenario where he will be allowed to smoke on stage during the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
This isn’t the platform for activities like smoking. We can witness wardrobe malfunctions and political statements, but we won’t ever see smoking on stage.
Currently, the “No” option isn’t available. So, we will have to wait until it’s listed before we can truly place a wager on this Super Bowl future bet.
Snoop Dogg to Smoke on Stage? –No (NA)
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