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DJ Khaled on Sunday pumped up the Super Bowl LIV crowd and competing Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers players during their pregame warm-up with the first-ever live entertainment show from the sidelines.
Commanding the 65,000-seat Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens from a DJ booth, the Grammy, AMA and MTV Video Music award winner spun songs selected by the Super Bowl teams’ players. Khaled kicked off his set by introducing the Fox Super Bowl 2020 analyst team of Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Johnson and Jay Glazer. At one point during the preshow spinning, Strahan joined Khaled behind the turntables.
While not a native of Miami, DJ Khaled has frequently performed in the area after purchasing a waterfront home in the city, and he headlined or appeared at a number of Super Bowl 54 parties leading up to Sunday’s big game, including Saturday’s Pepsi Super Splash Pool Party.
Preceding Khaled’s set, Pitbull was the second artist to appear during Fox’s four-hour preshow, taking to the Tailgate Tropical stage where he performed his latest single, the Latin-country crossover “Get Ready” featuring Blake Shelton. Flanked by female dancers in full-bodied, skin-baring red latex suits, the Miami native turned up the heat ahead of DJ Khaled’s set with a three-minute performance.
Dressed in his standard all-black suit and sunglasses, “Mr. Worldwide” shouted out the Hard Rock Stadium and the 305, Miami’s area code, as images of Shelton and dancers in cowboy hats flashed on the screen behind him. The Billboard and Grammy award winner is the pinnacle of local celebrity in Miami, with fan-constructed tributes to the musician planted around the city.
Two-time Grammy and three-time CMA award-winning country act Dan + Shay were the first of the day’s artists to perform, delivering a soothing rendition of their hit “Tequila” during their first-ever Super Bowl preshow performance. The bright and airy show on the windy NFL Tailgate Tropical Party stage saw the singer-songwriter duo take a moment to engage in an audience sing-along before lead vocalist Shay Mooney ended the performance — minus background music — in an extended high note.
The Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson and Justin Bieber collaborators have had three singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and have produced three studio albums, including their 2018 self-titled release.
Super Bowl LIV is being held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, and airing live on Fox.
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