Pepsi kicks Off Super Bowl Halftime Show with Weeknd

(Pepsi launches its halftime show)

And here we are. Super Bowl spots finally. This year, Pepsi is elevating the moment with its first Super Bowl Halftime Show TV spot featuring the year’s headlining artist The Weeknd.

The spot, featuring the hit song, Blinding Lights, debuted during the NFL Super Wild Card games this past weekend and will continue to air throughout the NFL Playoffs and on – a digital fan portal providing custom AR filters, an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at this year’s Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and more.

“Over the past decade, the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show has become one of the most anticipated, viewed, and talked about moments in music and entertainment. So, this year, instead of buying a traditional 30-second in-game Super Bowl ad, we decided to double down on the 12 minutes Pepsi already has in the middle of the game – the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show,” said Todd Kaplan, VP of Marketing – Pepsi. 

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Kaplan adds, “Coming off of a year that was mostly void of live music, we are reimagining the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show to ensure fans can experience The Weeknd’s performance in new ways that have never been done before, with tons of exclusive access and content leading up to the show.”

Pepsi is bringing the Super Bowl LV Halftime Show to life across multiple retail and digital components. Retail promotions are in markets around the country now and, in the coming weeks, more content and experiences will roll out for fans online. The campaign includes:

  • Specially marked Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show cans and packaging available at retailers nationwide, while supplies last. This marks the first year ever the Halftime Show logo will appear on Pepsi packaging for sale in retail
    • A QR code on specially marked packaging will lead consumers to where they can access exclusive artist and show assets and engaging AR filters
  • Retail promotions featuring Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show point-of-sale displays, rolling out across national partners including Kroger, 7-Eleven, Target, Dollar General and more
  • Much more to be revealed between now and Super Bowl Sunday

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The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical performance on television in the United States, with more than 100 million viewers tuning in to last year’s show. Super Bowl LV marks the brand’s tenth year as title sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show and 19th year as an NFL partner.