Super Bowl Party Report: NFL Honors, Music Fest (Updating)

Keep your browser pointed here as LA Mag takes you on the red—and blue carpets—of this week’s hottest Super Bowl events

The Super Bowl is making its return to Los Angeles after a 29-year hiatus, and the city is now prepared to once again roll out the red carpet for celebrities, athletes, and guests alike, to celebrate the big game.

Despite a lackluster turnout last year in Tampa, Florida due to the ongoing global COVID pandemic, many of the big sponsors and organizations who typically throw their annual parties in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, are doubling down on this year’s festivities. While each party differs in their safety protocols, the majority of events will require guests to provide either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, or in some cases, both.

Keep reading to see the biggest moments from all of the events occurring around Los Angeles this weekend.

NFL Honors

The NFL Honors officially kicked off Super Bowl Weekend Thursday night live from the YouTube Theater, right outside of the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The league’s biggest stars came dressed to impress as host Keegan-Michael Key awarded Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers his fourth MVP award.

Los Angeles was on the red carpet asking the athletes why L.A. is the best host city for the big game, and how Tom Brady’s recently announced retirement will affect the future of the game. That’s not all, Los Angeles‘ contributor Madison Brodsky even convinced the guys to show off their best dance moves.

Super Bowl Music Fest – Night 1

Machine Gun Kelly and Halsey took the stage at the Arena for the first night of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest Thursday night.

Halsey, who just had their first child in July, talked to the crowd about their nerves before hitting the stage. The singer continued to explain that between the ongoing global pandemic and their pregnancy, they weren’t sure if they’d ever get a chance to perform again. Nonetheless, Halsey sang all of their biggest hits and the crowd seemed to love every minute of it.

Machine Gun Kelly performs onstage during the 2022 Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest at Arena on February 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/WireImage via Getty Images)

Machine Gun Kelly on the other hand, talked to the crowd about his story going from a Chipotle employee to a full blown rockstar. Throughout his performance, Machine Gun Kelly surprised the crowd with cameos from fellow artists Willow, Travis Barker, and Trippie Redd.

Los Angeles was on the blue carpet as the stars arrived to watch the first night of performances. Though the artists didn’t have time to speak to reporters before they hit the stage, Madison did manage to steal some time from one performer for what will be a soon to be viral moment.



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Taste of the NFL

The ultimate Super Bowl party for foodies in Los Angeles hosted over 2,500 guests on Saturday to raise money for GENYOUth, a nonprofit that is on a mission to help support children in the US who are food insecure. The immersive culinary experience began with a fun cook-off between celebrity chefs Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Tim Love, Ming Tsai, Lasheeda Perry and Mark Bucher. Some of the delicious and easy to create dishes included root beer glazed pop overs, sweet and sour meatballs and gluten-free, vegan power pocket cheese burgers. 

Cook-off aside, the fun really began the moment guests walked through the door as they were gifted a football and a sharpie to gather autographs from the NFL stars of the past and present who were in attendance. NFL legends like Charles Woodson, Miles Sanders and Leonard Wheeler were all spotted participating in the scavenger hunt. Guests were then able to walk along the tailgate setup at the Peterson Automotive Museum to snack at the numerous food booths.

 Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated once again proved that their exclusive super bowl event is the place to be the night before the big game. The annual party held at Century Park, home of the CAA campus, mixed entertainment, sports and business together as the likes of Russell Wilson, Ciara, Shaquille O’Neal, Keegan-Michael Key, Skeet Ulrich, Kevin Hart and Quavo were all in attendance. 

Guests enjoyed a magical musical night with performances by Kygo, Jack Harlow, Frank Walker, David Solomon and DJ Irie. Joe Jonas’ funk-pop band, DNCE also made a surprise cameo performing on the stage in the middle of Kygo’s set. Despite the band’s four year hiatus, Kygo recently collaborated on a track with them titled Dancing Feet. The new track will drop on Feb 25. Los Angeles contributor Madison Brodsky was on the red carpet talking about the big game, the Drake curse and Kanye’s desire to own an NFL team in the near future to the event’s biggest stars. 



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