Updated Feb 14, 2022 - Sports

Eminem kneels during Super Bowl halftime show

rapper Eminem takes a knee as he performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on February 13
Rapper Eminem takes a knee as he performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVI between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday. Photo: Valerie E. Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Eminem took a knee onstage after performing "Lose Yourself" during the final minutes of the Super Bowl LVI halftime show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on Sunday.

The big picture: The rapper's actions were widely interpreted as a nod to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who first took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

  • An NFL spokesperson said officials were aware that Eminem would kneel as they watched him doing so "during rehearsals this week," per the New York Times.

For the record: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige also gave electric performances during halftime.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from the NFL.

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