Imagine Dragons perform a firework-filled set at the CFB National Championship Halftime Show

January 8, 2019

Ethan Miller / Staff

Before Clemson completed their tenacious title run by absolutely dismantling Alabama, Imagine Dragons emerged singing from the shadows for a surprising halftime performance. The band played from Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay near the National Title game, and invited along a special guest star.

After a "cutthroat" collection of songs from the Vegas band and their new album Origins, Lil Wayne stormed the stage for a frenzied and Imagine-infused version of "Uproar." Wayne paced the catwalk in a colorful coat, ripping through the Swizz Beatz assisted song while the band provided the backing. After his burst into the set the rapper retreated to the side, with Reynolds returning to center stage for "Believer."

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The singer slinked and stalked the stage, before fireworks punched through the chorus. Surprisingly Lil Wayne returned for his own verse on "Believer", rapping "it's Weezy the Dragon, I link with the Dragons and we gonna get ratchet, no need for imagining."

Before Lil Wayne entered the stage, the band's set included an electric performance of "Thunder" and brief version of their new lovelorn single "Bad Liar."