DJ Tiësto Pulls Out of Super Bowl 2024 Due to Family Emergency

Tiësto announced on Feb. 8 that he will not be able to serve as the in-game DJ at the 2024 Super Bowl, citing a "personal family emergency" that requires him to be at home that day.

By Gabrielle Chung Feb 08, 2024 9:40 PMTags
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Tiësto has hit pause on his Super Bowl 2024 appearance.

The Dutch musician announced that he will be unable to perform at the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers' game just days before the two teams go head-to-head at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

"Me and my team have been preparing something truly special for months, but a personal family emergency is forcing me to return home Sunday morning," he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Feb. 8. "It was a tough decision to miss the game, but family always comes first."

The 55-year-old continued, "Thank you to the @NFL for the collaboration and looking forward to working with them to deliver something incredible together in the future!"

As the Super Bowl's first-ever in-game DJ, Tiësto was scheduled to play during players warm up and breaks in the game. When his role in the sporting event was unveiled in January, the Grammy winner expressed his excitement in the gig, sharing in a statement that "it's even more incredible that it's in my favorite place—Las Vegas."

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He has since been replaced by Kaskade, who wrote on X shortly after news of Tiësto's cancellation, "As a kid who grew up in Chicago watching the @NFL Super Bowl every year with my family this chance to actually be part of it is absolutely mind blowing."

"To be able to be the first Electronic Musician to be part of the full game experience of the Super Bowl held in Las Vegas seems like coming home," he continued, "and I'm beyond excited to represent my community."


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As for the Super Bowl Halftime Show? Usher will be headlining the highly-anticipated performance.

"It definitely has been a challenge to squeeze 30 years into 13 minutes," the singer told reporters at a Feb. 8 press conference. "What songs do people know me for, what songs have been a celebration of all of the journey?"

Usher also dropped hints about surprise appearances from past collaborators. "I think I made it easy for myself when I decided to have featured artists on songs that became hit records," the 45-year-old teased. "I have definitely gone through a lot of ideas of who I would have go through this moment with me."

Other artists slated to appear at the Super Bowl include Reba McEntirePost Malone and Andra Day, who will be performing the National Anthem, "America the Beautiful" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," respectively.

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Jennifer Lopez and Shakira made history with their performance at the 2020 Super Bowl, becoming the first two Latinas to lead a halftime performance. Lopez even had the chance the share a sweet moment on the stage with her child, Emme, performing together in front of the large crowd.


Lady Gaga made quite the impression at the 2017 Super Bowl when she dropped in from the sky at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Complete with pyrotechnics and multiple costume changes, the performance featured electric renditions of her hits "Poker Face," "Born This Way," "Telephone," "Just Dance," "Million Reasons" and "Bad Romance."


Katy Perry attracted the largest audience in the history of Super Bowl halftime shows with a powerhouse medley that included "Roar," "Teenage Dream" and "Firework" with appearances from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot


Joined by special guests The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars brought the funk to Super Bowl XLVIII with smash hits like "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Just the Way You Are."


The singer reunited with Destiny's Child band members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a sizzling group performance during her headliner set.


Madonna's powerhouse performance (including her hits "Give Me All Your Luvin," "Vogue," "Like a Prayer" and more) was almost upstaged my M.I.A.'s middle finger. Almost. 


The Black Eyed Peas had a tough act to follow after The Who killed it in 2010. But the Grammy-winning group brought down the house during the Super Bowl XLV halftime show with their hits "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow" and "Let's Get It Started."


The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey and lead guitarist Pete Townshend added some serious rock n' roll to Super Bowl XLIV.


Jennifer Hudson belted out the National Anthem like only a Dreamgirl could at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.


From "Purple Rain" to "Let's Go Crazy," Prince brought the party to Florida during Super Bowl XLI.


The Rolling Stones were dishing out plenty of satisfaction during the Super Bowl XL halftime show with their classic rock hits "Start Me Up," "Rough Justice" and "I Can't Get No Satisfaction."


Paul McCartney rocked out during the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show, playing a medley of songs including "Live and Let Die" and the Beatles hit "Hey Jude."


No doubt Super Bowl XXXVII's halftime show was going to be a hit when Gwen Stefani joined Sting onstage for a duet of "Message in a Bottle."


Beyoncé is no stranger to the big game. She got her Latin flare on with Carlos Santana during the Super Bowl XXXVII pregame show and sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXXVIII the following year.


Bono and the boys performed three of their hit songs when U2 hit the stage for a special 9/11 tribute performance during Super Bowl XXXVI.


Rock gods met pop superstars midgame at Super Bowl XXXV when Aerosmith was joined by *NSync, Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige for a star-studded halftime performance of "Walk This Way."


Super Bowl XXXV began in true boy-band fashion with a Backstreet Boys rendition of the national anthem.


Phil Collins delivered with his performance of "Two Worlds" during Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta.


Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias helped entertain millions of fans with their performance of "Celebrate The Future Hand in Hand."

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