We might not be aware of what to expect from the Super Bowl, as well as what the teams will participate in the sport event. But we do know the halftime act.
The NFL has released a statement on Sunday claiming that Bruno Mars will play the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. The highly expected game will take place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd, 2014.
As The Los Angeles Times writes, the Grammy Award winner scored his first five No. 1 singles faster than any male since legendary Elvis Presley.
“It’s just an honor,” Mars said as the news was announced during Fox’s live pregame show. “We just got off tour, so being able to come to New York City and announce this is incredible.”
The Super Bowl halftime show is probably the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. only watched last year’s show.
Mars will follow Beyoncé who headlined 2013’s Super Bowl halftime show with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
The trio only performed “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman” together. The Beyonce’s song “Single Ladies” was also on the list.
With Rowland and Williams still on stage, the most famous dance for all the “Single Ladies” of the world began. At the end of the song, Beyoncé took center stage solo, dramatically pointing to her ring finger.
And unfortunately that was the end. They did not perform their latest song “Nuclear,” that was produced by Pharrell Williams.
Rowland and Williams then left the stage, leaving Beyoncé to perform “Halo” solo.
And make no mistake, she was singing live. Nothing about this performance was lip-synced. She made sure of that by interacting with the audience.
The Super Bowl musical sideshows turned into a smack down of female talent. Pre-game, Alicia Keys sang the national anthem live, accompanying herself on piano.
Jennifer Hudson sang the second half of America the Beautiful accompanied by the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus, in a spot as chilling as it was moving. Beyoncé got the last word with the half-time gig, wrote the Guardian.
Madonna headlined the show in 2012. She was joined by such stars as Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and LMFAO. The show was perhaps most notable for M.I.A.’s decision to give the middle finger to the camera, and the 114 million people who were watching at home.
NFL later apologized for the incident, saying: “The NFL hired the talent and produced the halftime show,” NBC spokesman Christopher McCloskey said. “Our system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers.”
Bruno Mars might not call himself as the mega-star status of recent headliners, but claims he is as a scene-stealing performer – as indicated by his recent performances at MTV’s Video Music Awards, the Grammys and Billboard Music Awards.
The Super Bowl halftime show has made quite a long way since bands from the universities of Arizona and Michigan played at the first sport event. Grambling University handled halftime at Super Bowl II.