Dr. Dre adds two deaf rappers to the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Dr. Dre will make history when he brings two deaf rappers on stage for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. The rappers — Sean Forbes and Warren “WaWa” Snipe — will appear alongside Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar on Sunday for the anticipated halftime show. It’s the first time sign language interpreters will be included in the halftime show’s more than 50-year history, although there have traditionally been interpreters during the pre-game.  Actress Sandra Mae Frank will perform the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American sign language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.

Said Forbes: “The doors to accessibility are busted wide open with something like this. So this is very much a full-circle moment, being from Detroit, being part of the Eminem camp — or even going back to being 12 and listening to N.W.A, Dre, and Snoop on my Walkman. My goal is to get out there, show what we can do, and have fun. And I want to open the door for other deaf performers.”  Snipe was the interpreter during Jazmine Sullivan’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Eric Church’s performance of “America the Beautiful.”

Super Bowl LVI will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, February 13, 2022. The game will air on NBC and Telemundo, and stream live on Peacock.

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