The gesture was made famous by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an act of protest against police brutality and racial discrimination, and there was a report that the NFL asked Eminem not to.
“He took me on his knees doing it alone,” Dr. Dre said of one of his subjects. “And there was no problem with that.”
In a statement to CNN on Sunday, the NFL said it had no problem with the rapper kneeling.
“We watched all the elements of the show during multiple rehearsals this week, and we knew Eminem would be doing so,” the statement read. “The player or coach could have injured his knee and there would be no repercussions so there was no reason to tell the artist he couldn’t do it.”
Dr. Dre told TMZ that there were minor changes the NFL had made, including removing a reference to bands in one of Lamar’s songs, which Dre said was “not a big deal.”
“Overall we came, everyone was professional, everyone was on time,” he said. “Everyone really felt the scale of this thing and what we were going to be able to achieve. It was a great experience.”
This was the first time that hip-hop artists were the featured performers of the NFL’s biggest night.