Nigerian Grammy-award-winning singer, Burna Boy, set the stage ablaze on Saturday, with an electrifying performance at the Ataturk Stadium, minutes before the UEFA Champions League final kicked off.
Fans worldwide were thrilled by the performances of Burna Boy, Brazilian singer Anitta, and multi-platinum DJ and producer Alesso.
“This evening, Brazilian pop sensation Anitta and GRAMMY award-winning Nigerian superstar Burna Boy delivered an unforgettable co-headline performance at the UEFA Champions League Final Kick Off Show by Pepsi® in Istanbul.” – PepsiCo Press Release
Global Superstars Anitta and Burna Boy Deliver Epic Performance
The UEFA Champions League Final Kick Off Show by Pepsi® was nothing short of spectacular. Burna Boy lit up the stage with riveting renditions of his global hits ‘Last Last’ and ‘It’s Plenty’, accompanied by drummers in outfits inspired by Nigerian fashion and a host of dancers carrying African-inspired flags.
Anitta, meanwhile, treated fans to her pulsating Latin-American rhythms, performing the global smash, ‘Envolver’, and her new single ‘Funk Rave’. Swedish DJ Alesso rounded off the evening with an unforgettable performance of his track, ‘Heroes (we could be)’, just moments before the match between Manchester City and Inter Milan began.
Alesso’s appearance was marked by mesmerising SFX and pyro moments which lit up the stadium. This year, fans also got the unique opportunity to participate in the Kick Off Show through the #PepsiKickOffShow TikTok challenge. Launched in collaboration with Burna Boy, the challenge allowed seven lucky winners to showcase their best dance moves as part of the Kick Off Show cast.
As the world’s most-watched annual sporting event, the UEFA Champions League final was transformed into a truly global entertainment platform by PepsiCo’s annual Kick Off Show. With performances from the hottest music acts, the event was an unmissable spectacle that united football and music fans around the world.
About Burna Boy
Burna Boy, born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and artist. He rose to stardom in 2012 after releasing “Like to Party”, the lead single from his debut studio album, L.I.F.E (2013). His most recent album, “Love, Damini,” has earned multiple global rankings and accolades, including two Grammy nominations. Burna Boy has carved his name in history as the first African artist to sell out iconic venues like Madison Square Garden in the USA, Accor Arena in France, and Wembley Stadium.
Brazilian pop sensation Anitta has become the leading artist of a new generation of Latin American music. She recently became a first-time Grammy nominee in the “Best New Artist” category and has been named among the world’s 15th most influential musicians on social media by Billboard.
Alesso, a global maverick in the dance world, has collaborated with artists like OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Calvin Harris, Tove Lo, Liam Payne, and James Bay. His influence transcends boundaries and crosses over into countless genres. He has performed at international festivals ranging from Tomorrowland to Ultra Music Festival. His track, ‘Heroes (we could be)’ featuring Tove Lo, was a multi-platinum success.
About UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most prestigious tournaments in football, where Europe’s top clubs battle it out to be crowned the continent’s best. It was formed in 1955 as the European Cup, but was rebranded in 1992. The annual final is one of the most-watched television events worldwide, with hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in
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