It’s Arizona’s turn to host the Super Bowl, and celebrities are making their way to metro Phoenix to perform sets across town, party and check out some golf at the WM Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale.
Major figures in music, entertainment and sports, including Jay-Z, Cardi B, Rihanna, Aaron Rodgers, Kevin Hart, Shaquille O’Neal, Serena Williams and Paris Hilton are just a few of the people expected to be in town. Many more will surely appear unannounced as we get closer to Super Bowl 57 on Sunday, Feb. 12, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Here’s everyone we’ve spotted so far at events or on social media.
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The star of the Apple Music Super Bowl 57 Halftime Show herself arrived in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 9 to talk about what performing during the big game means to her. The Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty founder, new — and now expecting! — mom and Grammy-winning artist said this ahead of her much-anticipated show, which marks her first in several years:
“As scary as that was because I haven’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all. … And it’s important for me to do this this year. It’s important for representation. It’s important for my son to see that.”
“That’s a big part of why it’s important for me to do this show,” Rihanna added. “Representing for immigrants, representing for my country, Barbados, representing for Black women everywhere. That’s key for people to see the possibilities and I’m honored to be here.”
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Drake headlined the Cash App & Visa Present h.wood Homecoming party at Scottsdale Hangar One on Feb. 10 and attended the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Phoenix the following day.
Cher and boyfriend Alexander Edwards attended several Scottsdale events, including the h.wood Homecoming party on Feb. 10 and Big Game Party: Catch Me If You Can on Feb. 11.
Jay-Z (and Blue Ivy Carter)
Less than a week after performing “God Did” at the Grammy Awards, Jay-Z attended the star-studded Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Phoenix on Feb. 11. He then went to the Super Bowl with daughter Blue Ivy Carter the following day.
Actor and singer Paris Hilton headlined The One Party by Uber in Phoenix on Feb. 10. She performed her hit “Stars Are Blind,” backed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, before orchestrating a DJ set.
Megan Fox appeared at the Cash App & Visa Present h.wood Homecoming party in Scottsdale with fiancé Machine Gun Kelly on Feb. 10. By Super Bowl Sunday, however, fans started questioning the status of their relationship when Fox deleted every photo of them on her Instagram, unfollowed all but several accounts and then deactivated.
Serena Williams attended several events in Phoenix, including the premiere of Netflix’s Full Swing and the h.wood Homecoming party.
Vanessa Hudgens and Cole Tucker
Actor Vanessa Hudgens and pro baseball player and Phoenix native Cole Tucker attended The One Party by Uber in Phoenix on Feb. 10. It included a performance and DJ set by Paris Hilton, who also sang her song “Stars Are Blind,” backed by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performed an invitation-only unplugged set for veterans at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix on Friday, Feb. 10. Don’t be fooled by the acoustic nature of the show. It was a banger, per Arizona Republic music critic Ed Masley, who described its raw power here.
The youngest of the Jonas Brothers hung out at the 16th hole of the WM Phoenix Open golf tournament at TPC Scottsdale on Friday, Feb. 10, and cheered on Jordan Spieth while promoting his PXG x Nick Jonas collection.
The eldest of the Jonas Brothers stopped in town a week early — days after the band celebrated their inclusion in the Hollywood Walk of Fame — to showcase a hotel suite inside State Farm Stadium where contest winners will spend the night before the championship game.
Though Jonas wasn’t sure whether he and the family will be in Glendale for the big game, he told The Arizona Republic that, as a New York Giants fan, he won’t be rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles. Instead, he’d like to see his friend Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs win.
Though we didn’t see photographic proof of his attendance, singer — and former One Direction member — Niall Horan, an avid golf fan and friend of golfer and fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy, tweeted about having attended the WM Phoenix Open to witness Round 3 on Feb. 11.
Maroon 5 headlined the Concert in the Coliseum at TPC Scottsdale ahead of the PGA Tour’s WM Phoenix Open on Feb. 4.
Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan walked the red carpet at the NFL Honors ceremony in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 9.
Paul Rudd attended the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix days before the release of his film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” He was also at the Super Bowl.
Paul McCartney was among the thousands in attendance at the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.
She said she’d be at the Super Bowl just for Rihanna, and the British singer came through. She was spotted in the crowd at the Super Bowl on Feb. 12.
Days after he became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, LeBron James attended — and was booed during — the Super Bowl.
Kelly Clarkson was part of the NFL Honors ceremony in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 9.
Cara Delevingne took to the stage with Tracy Morgan during the NFL Honors ceremony in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 9.
Actor Bryan Cranston hosted a party with his former “Breaking Bad” costar and Dos Hombres co-founder Aaron Paul on Feb. 9 in Scottsdale.
Tiffany Haddish was among the stars who attended Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul’s Scottsdale party on Feb. 9.
Sheryl Lee Ralph
“Abbott Elementary” Emmy-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, who performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before the Super Bowl, spoke about the pregame entertainment at a press conference on Feb. 9 before attending the NFL Honors ceremony later that evening in downtown Phoenix.
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Aaron Paul celebrated his and Cranston’s reprisals of their “Breaking Bad” characters — Jesse Pinkman and Walter White — for a PopCorners Super Bowl commercial and served their mezcal, Dos Hombres, at the Feb. 9 Scottsdale event.
Flavor Flav attended the NFL Honors ceremony in downtown Phoenix days after attending the 2023 Grammy Awards.
Tyga attended several Scottsdale events, including the h.wood Homecoming party, where Drake performed in an invite-only show, on Feb. 10 and the Big Game Party: Catch Me If You Can on Feb. 11.
Lil Uzi Vert
Lil Uzi Vert attended the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix.
Grammy-winning country star Chris Stapleton, who’s slated to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Sunday, attended a downtown Phoenix press conference on Feb. 9.
Twelve-time Grammy winner Babyface — aka Kenny Edmonds — who will sing “America the Beautiful” before the Super Bowl, attended a downtown Phoenix press conference on Feb. 9.
Keegan-Michael Key attended the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix.
Travis Scott attended the Big Game Party: Catch Me If You Can party on Feb. 11.
Comedian and actor Joel McHale attended the NFL Honors at Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 9. He appeared to have spent the afternoon enjoying Pizzeria Bianco, where “the food is magic,” he wrote in his Instagram Story.
“Chris is the nicest man on the planet,” he added, before sharing photos of the various items he tried on the menu.
Rapper Meek Mill attended and performed at several events around Phoenix, including the h.wood Homecoming party in Scottsdale on Feb. 10, 2023.
J Balvin attended the Big Game Party: Catch Me If You Can party on Feb. 11.
Raymond Cruz of “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” joined his former costars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul at their Scottsdale party on Feb. 9.
Actor Scott Eastwood attended the G-Eazy x Pepsi event at the W Scottsdale on Feb. 9.
TV personality and actor Mario Lopez attended the G-Eazy x Pepsi event at the W Scottsdale on Feb. 9.
Dixie D’Amelio attended the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix.
Australian singer Betty Who headlined A Night of Pride with GLAAD and NFL on Feb. 8 and performed a selection of new and older hits.
“We’re here, we’re queer and we love sports!” she said during her set — and later captioned her Instagram post about the event with this.
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Lance Bass, who’s perhaps best known for being in NSYNC, emceed A Night of Pride on Feb. 8 in downtown Phoenix. He told The Republic on the purple carpet that “To be visible is amazing. … I feel like the tide is really turning in sports. For so long no one really paid attention to the gay players or the gay fans, and now we’re just out and proud and enjoying it.”
During the event, he shouted out the drag queens in attendance because “You’re getting a lot of hate right now. We see you; we love you.”
Cedric the Entertainer
Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer attended the G-Eazy x Pepsi event at the W Scottsdale on Feb. 9.
The “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star was also in attendance for A Night of Pride and told The Republic that she was stopping in Phoenix for a short trip before flying out east for New York Fashion Week. She spent some “low key” time in southern Arizona and went to the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase before coming up to Phoenix.
Phoenix drag queen Joey Jay
Joey Jay, the first Phoenix drag queen to be featured on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” also was at The One Party by Uber in Phoenix on Feb. 10. Joey Jay, who was on Season 13 of the long-running show, told The Arizona Republic, “I’m a queen who loves to make fun of herself.”
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