IT’S TIME Y’ALL – THE 2021 SUPER BOWL IS HAPPENING IN JUST A FEW HOURS & COUNTRY MUSIC HAS A STRONGER PRESENCE THAN EVER.
To make sure you are fully prepared for later, Celeb Secrets Country crafted a cheat sheet of all Super Bowl festivities that you can’t miss. Whether you tune in for the game, country music performances, eye-catching commercials, or the halftime show, we got you covered!
GIVE us a follow on Twitter at @celebsecrets and IG at @celebsecrets, as we’ll be live-tweeting and Instagramming the best moments from the #TikTokTailgate Livestream, The Weeknd Halftime show, and the Verizon after party!
IT'S SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! 🏆
— NFL (@NFL) February 7, 2021
When is the 2021 Super Bowl LV?
The 2021 NFL Super Bowl LV will air TONIGHT, February 7. Kick-off is set to be at @ 6:30 p.m. ET and will be held at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. This will be the fifth Super Bowl hosted in the Tampa area and is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs are the first-ever team in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl at their home stadium. However, this is not the only event that will go down in history, as three women break the NFL gender barrier! You will see two female assistant coaches, Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Sarah Thomas – the first-ever female to officiate Super Bowl Sunday.
Where can you watch the game?
You can watch (1) Kansas City Chiefs and the (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers battle it out on CBS – this will be the second time in three seasons the network will host the Super Bowl. If you don’t have cable, you can now watch the FREE game on CBSSports.com, CBS All Access, and the CBS Sports App.
How is everyone staying safe amid the pandemic?
To adhere to public health precautions and COVID-19 restrictions, Super Bowl LV will look quite different this year, as it will be the smallest Super Bowl in history. However, the game will be one of the largest outdoor events held in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The NFL announced that there will be 25,000 fans at the stadium, including 7,500 vaccinated health care workers ( who have received FREE tickets) and 30,000 cutouts of fans and celebrities in the stands. Each fan who walks into the stadium has received a PPE Kit upon arrival and is required to wear the protective equipment during the game.
The Florida Department of Health also encourages everyone in the state of Florida to avoid gathering in groups larger than 10. According to an NFL memo that was sent out pre-game, the players/ coaches even have to follow the rules and guidelines when it comes to celebrating the big W.
“While we understand that this achievement is worthy of celebration, the (NFL) Management Council and NFLPA would like to pass along important guidance regarding postgame celebrations attended by players, coaches, and staff from our participating teams,” says the memo.
Super Bowl LV Pregame TikTok Tailgate with Miley Cyrus
While Miley Cyrus is known for her pop sound, let’s not forget where she came from and her deep country roots. Daughter of icon Billy Ray Cyrus will be headlining the #TikTokTailgate Livestream at 2:30 p.m. ET.
The NFL and the hottest social media platform TikTok have partnered up to deliver a matchless experience for health care workers only. The tailgate will take place on location for the 7,500 vaccinated heroes, that will also be attending the game. Steve Harvey and journalist MJ Acosta will host the fun-filled #TikTokTailgate Livestream.
If you are looking to join the party, you can tune in through the NFL’s TikTok page (@NFL) that will be LIVE for two hours straight. The event will also feature current/ former NFL athletes and several other stars such as Rebel Wilson, Ajani Huff, Dave Jorgenson, Adam Devine, and Trace McSorley.
Country artist Kane Brown will also be jamming with Miley virtually at the #TikTokTailgate. Before he breaks the internet with this FIRE music, Brown shared amazing advice on how to achieve greatness and how he would describe a “masterpiece” to the NFL Network. “ I always want to be better than I was yesterday,” says the country star.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 4, 2021
Besides The Weeknd at half time, who else is performing at the Big Game?
It’s no surprise that a country singer and songwriter will be taking the field to sing the patriotic hymn. If you take a look back in history, you will notice that country musicians have a long Super Bowl record when it comes to singing the national anthem. Not too long ago, Luke Bryan sang his heart out under the stadium lights in 2017. Others include country powerhouse Carrie Underwood (2010), The Chicks (2003), Faith Hill (2000), and icon Garth Brooks (1993.)
Now, it’s Eric Church’s time to shine. The talented vocalist known for his unbelievable country-rock chords and deep southern Twang will be performing live with R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan. Alongside the talented duo, deaf rapper Warren ‘WAWA’ Snipe will be doing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in American Sign Language. WAWA will also be performing “America the Beautiful” in A.S.L. next to singer and songwriter H.E.R.
Eric Church first declined the N.F.L. when they reached out about performing the national anthem. However, the star had a change of heart after the riot at the U.S. Capitol. “With what’s going on in America, it feels like an important time for a patriotic moment,” Church told the Los Angeles Times. “An important time for unity. The fact that I’m a Caucasian country singer and she’s an African American R&B singer – I think the country needs that.”
Now, football fans are placing their bets on whether or not the national anthem rendition will go over or under two minutes. Tweet us your predictions at @CS_Country.
— Eric Church (@ericchurch) February 7, 2021
What do I need to know about The Weeknd’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show?
Although a country star won’t be taking the stage for the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, The Weeknd has an exciting performance in store for us eager football fans. The 2021 halftime show won’t look like anything we have seen in the past, as the versatile vocalist is taking the show to new heights to protect himself and others from the coronavirus.
The roughly 12-minute show will, of course, incorporate the iconic field, but the artist shared during a press conference that he will not “limit” himself to just the main stage. “Due to COVID and for the safety of the players and the workers, we built the stage within the stadium,” he said. “We’re also using the field as well, but we wanted to do something we’ve never done before, so we built the stage in the stadium. I’m not going to tell you anything else because you’ll have to watch on Sunday.”
The star will perform his single “Blinding Lights,” which has been at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list for 47 weeks. He may even sneak in his other top tracks, “The Hills,” “Heartless,” and “Save Your Tears.”
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) February 4, 2021
2021 Super Bowl Commercials to look out for
Buckle up and listen closely because the mother of country music Dolly Parton will be debuting her fragrance line “Dolly – Scent From Above” with e-commerce and website building platform Squarespace. The country diva has also recorded her famous track “9 to 5” to “5 to 9” for the 2021 Super Bowl commercial to highlight the hours individuals spend on their side hustles. The highly anticipated commercial will air during the third quarter of the game, or you can get a sneak peek NOW on YouTube.
Like any other year, several notable names have partnered with leading brands to promote their marketing efforts. Expect star-studded commercials back-to-back with buzzworthy names like pop-superstar Nick Jonas, Jona Cena, Dan Levy, Matthew McConaughey, and yes – even Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady, and Gronk.
In fact, country singer Eric Paslay spoke out on Instagram to support Nick Jonas in the Dexcom commercial. “Welcome to the Warrior family @NickJonas! Love seeing my fellow warriors bring awareness to a whole new audience, it’s something special,” says the Paslay, a fellow diabetes fighter.
Is there still going to be an after party?
Yes, to continue the Super Bowl Sunday celebration, Verizon will be hosting “Big Concert for Small Business,” a live event hosted by comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish. The night will consist of multiple performances from big names such as Alicia Keys, Brittany Howard, Brandi Carlile, Christina Aguilera, Eric Church, H.E.R., Jazmine Sullivan, Luke Bryan, and of course, Miley Cyrus.
“I am excited to be a part of Verizon’s The Big Concert for Small Business,” says country superstar Luke Bryan. “Small businesses are such an important part of our communities. I was honored to participate in their Pay It Forward Live Series back in March of 2020. We need to make sure we are continuing to support them, and I love that Verizon has stayed committed to raise awareness on their behalf.”
Bryan had quite a busy week, as he recently shared with fans on his personal livestream that he is planning to release a new version of his Born Here Live Die Here project. On Friday, February 5, the star released one of his new songs, “Country Does.”
Verizon brought us together for #SBLV. Let's stay together after the game for an epic LIVE performance for small businesses. Tune into @Verizon for #BigConcertSmallBiz tonight at 11PM ET / 8PM PT #VerizonPartner pic.twitter.com/WDwh6hhJ7R
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) February 7, 2021
The virtual concert will highlight Verizon’s multi-year commitment to help small businesses flourish by committing $10 million in support of local initiatives to help business owners in underserved communities.
The livestream will start at 11 p.m. ET on Yahoo, FiOS, @Verizon on Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, TikTok, CMT, CBS Sports, MTV2, and MTV live. Audio will also be available on iHeart and Sirius.