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Beats by Dre co-founder Dr. Dre is including a pair of deaf rappers as part of the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show, marking the first time sign language interpreters will take part in the entertainment event.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show is a major entertainment spectacle, a musical extravaganza in the middle of the major football final. For Sunday’s event, Dr. Dre is taking part in the show, and is bringing along some unexpected guests as well.
Sean Forbes and Warren “WaWa” Snipe will be on stage alongside Dre, who will be signing along with the performance. Variety reports it will be the first time in the halftime show’s history that it will use sign language interpreters, though interpreters have been employed for pre-game activities in the past.
“The doors to accessibility are busted wide open with something like this,” Forbes said. “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.”
The pair will be joining Dre as well as other stars, including Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar.
Forbes and Snipe won’t be the only people signing at the sporting event. Actress Sandra Mae Frank will perform the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American sign language for the National Association of the Deaf.
Super Bowl LVI will be held on Sunday at SoFi Stadium, in Inglewood, CA. It will be available to stream on Peacock, as well as broadcast on NBC and Telemundo.