The Bay Area has had its fair share of entertainment headlines this year.
Let’s take a look back at the biggest entertainment news happening in the region in 2023.
In late July, tens of thousands of Swifties occupied Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium as music superstar Taylor Swift performed on her Elas Tour.
This tour was one of the most anticipated events of the year. The city of Santa Clara temporarily renamed the city “Swifty Clara” and gave Swift the title of honorary mayor.
Watch a video report of Swift’s second day in the Bay Area below.
Tens of thousands of Swifties descended on Santa Clara on Saturday for the second night of Taylor Swift’s Elas Tour at Levi’s Stadium. Reported by Marianne Favreau.
In late August, the Bay Area’s Beyhive was forming when pop superstar Beyoncé took the stage at Levi’s Stadium on her highly anticipated “Renaissance World Tour.”
Like Taylor Swift, who performed a month ago, Beyoncé was named honorary mayor of Santa Clara. She was also given a key to the city.
Check out the full video report from the day of the concert below.
The city of Santa Clara is filled with thousands of Beyoncé fans from the Bay Area and around the world. It is the second major event expected to boost the region’s economy by millions. Stephanie Magalong reports.
It wasn’t just the women who occupied Levi’s Stadium. According to San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido, singer Ed Sheeran’s performance in Santa Clara on September 16 actually broke the event attendance record.
Nearly 80,000 people attended the concert at Levi’s. The previous attendance record of 77,000 was set in 2015 at WrestleMania 31, hosted by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Watch the video report below.
Singer Ed Sheeran’s performance at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday broke attendance records for the event venue, San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido said.
The attitude of Bay Area hip-hop royalty was on full display during a visit to the White House in January. The visit was part of a recognition visit after the Golden State Warriors won the 2022 NBA Championship.
Rappers E-40, Too $hort, and Mistah FAB also attended the event and posed for photos with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Watch the full report in the video player below.
The Golden State Warriors were at the White House on Tuesday, as were Bay Area rap legends. E-40, Too Short, and Mistah FAB even looked forward to FaceTime with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Vallejo’s own E-40 had a memorable year in 2023. In addition to his White House visit, a street in his hometown was named after him.
Last July, the Vallejo City Council voted to name one mile of Magazine Street “E-40 Way.” E-40’s real name is Earl Stevens, and he was honored at the street’s renaming ceremony in October.
Watch the video report below.
Bay Area rap legend E-40 will soon have a street named after him in his hometown of Vallejo.
A Bay Area street was renamed and another rap legend was honored.
In November, the city of Oakland honored Tupac Shakur by preserving a portion of MacArthur Boulevard in the late rap icon’s footsteps. Family, friends and fans attended the unveiling of the Tupac Shakur Way in Oakland.
Watch Velena Jones’ full report in the video below.
Oakland is paying homage to Tupac Shakur by keeping part of MacArthur Boulevard named after the iconic rapper. Verena Jones reports.
In February, a Bay Area street vendor was attacked outside the SAP Center in San Jose. A video of the incident went viral on social media.
The incident occurred during a concert by legendary Mexican singer Ana Gabriel. Saul LeConco, the dealer who was attacked, told NBC Bay Area’s Damian Trujillo that Gabriel offered to pay for his medical bills.
You can watch the February report in the video below.
Support continues to pour in for San Jose’s hot dog shops.