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Here are your music-related prop bets for Super Bowl LVI: UPDATED WITH RESULTS

There’s apparently a record amount of money being bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl between the LA Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. MarketWatch estimates US$1 billion from over 31 million people–and that’s just the legal bets.

Yeah, you could bet on the winner, the over-under, who will score the first touchdown, and so on. But there are also all kinds of prop bets. These are wagers made on dozens of propositions bookies and sportsbooks dream up. There’s even this printable bingo card.

But since this site is all about music, let’s focus on the music-related prop bets.

National Anthem

Country singer Mickey Guyton has been picked to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” How long with that take? The over-under is 1 minute and 35 seconds. Even at the highest estimate of 98 seconds, that would put her rendition at the shorter end of things. The quickest anthem singer has been Billy Joel (90 seconds in 2007) while the longest was Alicia Keys (2 minutes, 36 seconds).

RESULT: UNDER. Unofficially, Guyton’s rendition lasted 1 minute and 50 seconds.

The Halftime Show

Everyone’s wondering how so many acts are going to be packed into a 12-minute halftime show. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will appear–and that’s not counting any unannounced special guests. (Like we saw with 50 Cent. Gee, a Tupac hologram would have been cool, no? I didn’t see that as a prop bet anywhere._

  1. How many songs will be played during those 12 minutes?
  • Over 8.5, -390
  • Under 10.5, -265 WIN I counted eight:
  1. Next Episode – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
  2. California Love – Tupac feat. Dr. Dre
  3. In Da Club – 50 Cent
  4. Family Affair – Mary J. Blige
  5. Alright – Kendrick Lamar
  6. Forgot About Dre – Dr. Dre feat. Eminem
  7. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  8. Still D.R.E. – Dr. Dre feat Snoop Dogg

Keep in mind that The Weeknd performed nine songs last year while the record is the 2020 J-Lo/Shakria performance with 15. In recent years, the number has bounced between seven and 11.

2. What will be the first song played during the halftime show? (Note that there’s been a shift in the betting.)

  • The Next Episode -300 (WIN)
  • California Love +300
  • Still D.R.E. +700
  • Lose Yourself +1000
  • Nuthin’ But a G Thang +1200
  • All the Stars +1400
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot +1450
  • HUMBLE +1500
  • Family Affair +1600

3. Who will go first?

  • Dr. Dre +150 (WIN. And least he was the first to appear on TV although Snoop was there at the same time.)
  • Mary J. Blige +200
  • Snoop Dogg +375
  • Kendrick Lamar +750
  • Eminem +700

4. What will be the first Dre song?

  • The Next Episode -110 (WIN)
  • Still D.R.E. +125
  • Nuthin’ But a G Thang +325

5. What’s Eminem going to perform first?

  • Lose Yourself +175 WIN (although there was a rap I didn’t catch before he started the song)
  • My Name Is +375
  • The Real Slim Shady +225
  • Without Me +750
  • Stan +900
  • Any Other Song +225

6. Will Eminem rap something that will get him censored by NBC?

  • Yes -180
  • No +135 WIN. He behaved himself. But was he lip-syncing? If so, there wouldn’t have been a chance to curse.)

7. Will Snoop light one up on stage? (It doesn’t specify what he’ll smoke.)

  • Yes +300
  • No -450 WIN. Shocking, really.

8. Will someone use a football as a prop?

  • Yes +300
  • No -450 WIN

9. Can we expect a wardrobe malfunction? I’m not even sure what that means.

  • Yes +950
  • No -3300 WIN

If you really want to dive into these prop bets, go here. And there’s more.

If you go here, you can bet on the colour of Snoop’s shoes (White was the favourite; WIN–if, uh, you picked white..and yellow), whether or not there will be professional dancers (WIN if you picked “yes”). if Kenrick Lamar will wear a hoodie (WIN if you picked “no”), and if Em will have a hoodie or a hat. (WIN if you picked a hoodie. He wasn’t wearing a hat underneath it, was he?)

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