This Sunday is the SUPER BOWL! I am a huge football fan (#Steelernation) and although my team is NOT playing I can’t wait to see the Broncos and Seahawks. Bruno Mars is performing at Halftime along with special guests, ,. In this Then & Now Thursday I wanted to highlight the halftime performance of the past 3 years, most recent up first and discuss whether the headlining artists lived up to the hype.
2013 — Beyoncé (w/ Special Guests: Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams)
This performance is by far my favorite Half Time performance of my lifetime and it’s just not because it’s Beyoncé. There’s very few artists that can command a stage to the extent of a fan feeling as if they are there. I’m not one to just commend an artist just because I’m a fan if they were off I will say they were off. This performance from beginning to end was AMAZING from her model walk intro to linking back up with her band mates. Compared to other performances hers just flowed so well. It’s great to have a medley, but some medleys are just so choppy there’s no fluency between them. Her reggae breakdown was different and although it wasn’t what I was expecting it was a different take on her songs that have been performed over and over. Regardless of the close ups of her face and how she looked while performing there’s no denying that Beyoncé put on one hell of a performance.
2012 – Madonna (w/ Special Guests: M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, & Cee-Lo)
I was excited for this performance once I found out it was Madonna performing. The intro with, ‘Vogue’ and the whole Egyptian set up was great. The performance overall was he for me. I did not like the collab with Cee-Lo even though ‘Like a Prayer’ is one of my favorite Madonna songs. As for her collab with MIA & Nicki Minaj I felt it could have been a bigger and better record. I didn’t and still don’t like the song, but Madonna gets an A for stage set.
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas (w/ Special Guests: Slash & Usher)
Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl performance in 2004 put a halt to current artists performing Halftime at the Super Bowl. Not saying that the artists did not deserve to perform Halftime, their music was not relevant to the time. The Black Eyed Peas were the first Pop sensation to perform since the 2004 wardrobe malfunction. The performance was very bleh for me. The group seemed all over the place and were winded. It’s great when artists bring out other artists, BUT Usher has been winded on stage for a while and that performance did not do it for me. At the time of selection BEP was one of the hottest groups globally so it made sense for them to perform. The performance just wasn’t up to par to me.