The football season may have just started, but the NFL is already looking ahead to the Super Bowl XLVIII. Over the weekend, it was announced that pop star Bruno Mars will take the stage in front of millions as the Super Bowl Halftime performer on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, reports CBS News York.
For those unfamiliar with the fedora-wearing pop star, he is one of pop’s biggest-selling acts at the moment with a string of No.1 hits to his name including “Locked Out of Heaven,” ”Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.” His music video for “Treasure” recently won best male video and choreography at the MTV Video Music Awards just last month.
His live performances are nothing to scoff at either. The 27-year-old is highly inspired by R&B acts of the past like Michael Jackson and The Temptations, and reminds many of a young James Brown. Heck, he could even do a spot-on Elvis impersonation at three years old.
So is he a good choice as this season’s Super Bowl Halftime Show? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to some of the greatest Super Bowl Halftime performances of the past and tell us if you think Bruno Mars can out-perform these acts!
Michael Jackson (1993)
Exploding out from under the stage, Michael Jackson set the bar high for what a spectacular halftime show should be like and even got everyone in the stands to participate in the “Heal The World” theme by forming images of children with cards in a wave-like motion. He sang a medley of hits including Jam,” “Billie Jean,” “Black or White,” and “Heal The World.”
Paul McCartney (2005)
The following year after the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction,” the halftime show played it safe with Sir Paul McCartney as the musical entertainment. Though we won’t see any “wardrobe malfunctions” from Paul anytime soon, one thing is consistent with the music legend — he puts on a great show.
Rolling Stones (2006)
Using their famous mouth-logo as the shape of the stage, The Rolling Stones performed three hits “Start Me Up,” “Rough Justice,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in front of millions.
The Purple One took the stage performing his party hits like “1999” and “Let’s Go Crazy” to get the crowd pumped up, plus powered through on classic covers of others like “Proud Mary” and “All Along the Watchtower.” But it was his classic ballad “Purple Rain” that really brought the house down.
Her ‘Madgesty’ Madonna proved she was still pop star royalty during her spectacular 12-minute halftime performance just ahead of the release of her new album MDMA. Performing a slew of her hits like “Vogue” and “Like A Prayer,” Madonna threw in a few new hits with some extra help from special guests included LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green. And who could forget that curly-haired tightrope performer?
So what do you think…will this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performer Bruno Mars be able to hold a candle to these past performances?