The Weeknd to headline Super Bowl halftime show
© Getty Images

The Weeknd will headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show amid the coronavirus-hampered football season.

Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation named the "Blinding Lights" singer as the Super Bowl LV performer in a Thursday announcement:


The 30-year-old entertainer, born Abel Tesfaye, called the coveted gig "iconic" in a tweet:


A string of musical artists have delivered politically infused halftime performances recently.

Last year, Jennifer Lopez drew praise on social media after she sang “Born in the U.S.A.” while wearing a Puerto Rican flag during her joint halftime performance with Shakira. Another part of Lopez's performance included children in enclosures resembling cages, an apparent denouncement of the effects of President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

In 2016, Beyoncé drew attention to the Black Lives Matter movement during her high-energy halftime show.

The NFL has said the 55th Super Bowl could get pushed back to March due to scheduling changes as a result of the coronavirus. Last week, the league released revised COVID-19 safety guidelines, including recommending players and other team staff wear masks on the sidelines throughout games.

The NFL championship game is currently poised to be played Feb. 7 in Tampa, Fla.