The most important thing about American football’s biggest night of the year? These are, of course, the celebrity appearances.
Forget the score, the winners, the trophy – even without the Taylor Swift factor of this year’s event, the super bowl still makes headlines for the halftime show (Usher and Friends), A-lister commercials (Posh and Becks, Ben Affleck), and stars in the crowd (see below).
Here are the celebrities who showed up to the NFL game in Las Vegas this year, including those who hung out in Suite Swift.
The first one to stand…
Starting with the star of the show (sorry, Kansas City Chiefs), it’s Swift herself. The 34-year-old made the epic trip from Japan after performing four concerts there as part of her Eras tour (one week after make history at the Grammys) to watch her boyfriend and Chiefs star Travis Kelce in action against the San Francisco 49ers. It must be Love.
The star was filmed kissing Kelce on the field after the Chiefs became the first back-to-back Super Bowl winners in 19 years with a 25-22 overtime victory.
Hollywood actress Blake Lively was photographed arriving with Swift and the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift. Before the match began, Swift and Lively were seen kissing while American rapper and singer Post Malone performed America The Beautiful.
Lively was also on hand to see her husband Ryan Reynolds in action as the first trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine, also starring Hugh Jackman, hit the big screen.
Room for a Beatles legend? Sir Paul McCartney was also photographed with Swift at the event, meeting Kelce’s father, Ed.
Swift’s meeting with Sir Paul marked a reunion for the couple after they teamed up for a wide-ranging conversation for Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians series in 2020 – and he credited her as an inspiration for one of his songs, Who Cares, on the album Gare d’Espagne.
Ice Spice joined Swift on the Grammy nominations list for their collaboration Karma, which was shortlisted for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and the rapper was also nominated for other awards, including Best New artist.
She’s attended a handful of award shows alongside Swift in recent months, including the MTV VMAs as well as the Grammys, and joined the star in her suite to cheer on Kelce.
Lana Del Rey
When Lana Del Rey was photographed greeting her friend Swift from outside the superstar’s suite, the internet reacted: why wasn’t she invited? Because she’s a 49ers fan?
Well, the internet shouldn’t have been as concerned as she did in the end – but was filmed being knocked down during the celebrations for the Chiefs.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
American rapper Jay-Z took photos of his daughters Blue Ivy and Rumi on the pitch before the match kicked off and took his place alongside his wife Beyonce – who took the opportunity to make a big announcement.
The star revealed a new album, the second act of his Renaissance project, during a Super Bowl commercial, telling co-star Tony Hale: “Okay, they’re ready. Drop the new music .”
A video was posted to his Instagram account teasing “Act ii” moments after the commercial aired, and two songs – Texas Hold ‘Em and 16 Carriages – were released, with the album appearing to be a move into country.
Hollywood star Paul Rudd was arguably the most famous die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan, until Swift came along.
He appeared on the field with a mustache, alongside his teenage son Jack.
Pop star Justin Bieber was rumored to appear as a guest singer during Usher’s halftime show.
Instead, he appeared as a fan with his wife, model Hailey Bieber, and both were filmed dancing during Usher’s performance.
Jeff Goldblum (and Leonardo Di Caprio, somewhere)
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was at the game, wearing a black baseball cap, but hid his face when he appeared on the big screen.
In contrast, Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum stood up and made a heart shape with his hands – clearly a Swiftie.
Former halftime show star Lady Gaga was also in attendance, showing her allegiance in a sparkly 49ers jacket. Better luck next time.