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Can you imagine getting an out-of-the-blue phone call one day and being asked to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show? That’s pretty much the biggest stage in the world. Needless to say, that phone call would be met with plenty of excitement. I’m a singer myself (my single new “Scars is here”), and I’m pretty sure I would freak out, in a good way, if that opportunity came my way.

That’s just what happened to a local Michigan rapper. He actually got a phone call asking him to appear at this year’s Big Game.

Sean Forbes, a 40-year old deaf rapper from Detroit, has been selected to perform alongside Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar at the Super Bowl Halftime Show at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium.

This will mark the first time the Super Bowl halftime show will have ASL interpreters. Forbes and another deaf rapper, Warren (WaWa) Snipe, 50, will perform sign-language interpretations of the performances.

Forbes has a connection with Eminem, so it makes sense for him to be at the show. He was often at Ferndale’s 54 Sound studio, where Eminem got his start. “So this is very much a full-circle moment, being from Detroit, being part of the Eminem camp — or even going back to being 12 and listening to N.W.A., Dre and Snoop on my Walkman,” Forbes told the Detroit Free Press. “My goal is to get out there, show what we can do, and have fun,” Forbes said. “And I want to open the door for other deaf performers.” We can’t wait to watch you, Sean.

Famous Actors and Actresses from Michigan

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  • Justin Bartha

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  • David Ramsey

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  • Courtney B. Vance

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  • David Alan Grier

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  • Seamus Dever

    Born: Flint, Michigan (7/27/1976)

  • Matt Letscher

    Born: Grosse Pointe, Michigan (6/26/1970)

  • Jeff Hephner

    Born: Sand Creek, Michigan (6/22/1975)

  • Barry Watson

    Born: Traverse City, Michigan (4/23/1974)

  • Matthew Glave

    Born: Saginaw, Michigan (8/19/1963)

  • Michael Raymond-James

    Born: Michigan (12/24/1977)

  • Lee Majors

    Born: Wyandotte, Michigan (4/23/1939)

  • Terry O'Quinn

    Born: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (7/15/1952)

  • Curtis Armstrong

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (11/27/1953)

  • James Wolk

    Born: Farmington Hills, Michigan (3/22/1985)

  • Keegan-Michael Key

    Born: Southfield, Michigan (3/22/1971)

  • David Patrick Kelly

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (1/23/1951)

  • Eric Allan Kramer

    Born: Grand Rapids, Michigan (3/26/1962)

  • Dean Cain

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  • Sean Giambrone

    Born: St. Joseph, Michigan (5/30/1999)

  • Terry Crews

    Born: Flint, Michigan (7/30/1968)

  • Tom Hulce

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (12/6/1953)

  • David Spade

    Born: Birmingham, Michigan (7/22/1964)

  • Ken Jeong

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (7/13/1969)

  • Tom Skerritt

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (8/25/1933)

  • Colin Egglesfield

    Born: Dearborn, Michigan (2/9/1973)

  • Richard Kiel

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (9/13/1939)

  • Tom Sizemore

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (11/29/1961)

  • Robert Wagner

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (2/10/1930)

  • Dax Shepard

    Born: Milford, Michigan (1/2/1975)

  • Taylor Lautner

    Born: Grand Rapids, Michigan (2/11/1992)

  • Steven Seagal

    Born: Lansing, Michigan (4/10/1952)

  • Paul Walter Hauser

    Born: Grand Rapids, Michigan (10/15/1986)

  • Burt Reynolds

    Born: Lansing, Michigan (2/11/1936)

  • Tom Selleck

    Born: Detroit, Michigan (1/29/1945)

  • Matthew Lillard

    Born: Lansing, Michigan (1/24/1970)

  • Sinbad

    Born: Benton Harbor, Michigan (11/10/1956)

  • Bruce Campbell

    Born: Birmingham, Michigan (6/22/1958)

  • Brian d'Arcy James

    Born: Saginaw, Michigan (6/29/1968)

  • Ernie Hudson

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  • J.K. Simmons

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  • Geoff Stults

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  • Daniel Henney

    Born: Carson City, Michigan (11/28/1979)

  • Jeff Daniels

    Born on Feb. 19, in Athens, Georgia, but definitely a Michigander!

  • Kristen Bell

    Born: Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA (7/18/1980)

  • Marlo Thomas

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (11/21/1937)

  • Elizabeth Berkley

    Born: Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA (7/28/1972)

  • Megan Boone

    Born: Petoskey, Michigan, USA (4/29/1983)

  • Jaime Ray Newman

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  • Selma Blair

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  • Judy Greer

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  • Sherilyn Fenn

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  • Elizabeth Reaser

    Born: Bloomfield, Michigan, USA (7/2/1975)

  • Jana Kramer

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  • Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (6/22/1971)

  • Crystal Reed

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (2/6/1985)

  • Eli Jane

    Born: Michigan, USA (6/7/1979)

  • Ellen Burstyn

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (12/7/1932)

  • Elisabeth Harnois

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (5/26/1979)

  • Madonna

    Born: Bay City, Michigan, USA (8/16/1958)

  • Kathleen Rose Perkins

    Born: New Baltimore, Michigan, USA (11/15/1974)

  • Gail O'Grady

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (1/23/1963)

  • Christine Lahti

    Born: Birmingham, Michigan, USA (4/4/1950)

  • Kate Upton

    Born: St. Joseph, Michigan, USA (6/10/1992)

  • Lin Shaye

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (10/12/1943)

  • Piper Laurie

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (1/22/1932)

  • Christie Brinkley

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (2/2/1954)

  • Pam Dawber

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (10/18/1951)

  • Taylor Dooley

    Born: Grosse Pointe, Michigan, USA (2/26/1993)

  • Grace Lee Whitney

    Born: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (4/1/1930)

  • Lily Tomlin

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (9/1/1939)

  • Cynthia Watros

    Born: Lake Orion, Michigan, USA (9/2/1968)

  • Lauri Peters

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (7/2/1943)

  • Maribeth Monroe

    Born: Michigan, USA (3/25/1978)

  • Betsy Brandt

    Born: Bay City, Michigan, USA (3/14/1973)

  • Erin Darke

    Born: Michigan, USA (9/10/1984)

  • Ella Anderson

    Born: Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA (3/26/2005)

  • Kennedy McMann

    Born: Holland, Michigan, USA (10/30/1996)

  • Kim Hunter

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (11/12/1922)

  • Rachel DiPillo

    Born: Flint, Michigan, USA (1/26/1991)

  • Jessica Cauffiel

    Born: Detroit, Michigan, USA (3/30/1976)

  • Susan Diol

    Born: Marquette, Michigan, USA (5/25/1962)

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!