Prince, Beyonce and Lady Gaga performing in previous Super Bowl Halftime reveals.
This yr’s Super Bowl might kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, however for some the true leisure begins at halftime.
Since the very first Super Bowl in 1967, the championship soccer sport has at all times included a halftime present. However, for many years the headliners had been faculty marching bands, Disney characters and an Elvis impersonator.
It wasn’t till boy band New Kids on the Block took the stage in 1991 that followers began to see the mid-game break as a concert-like efficiency. Then, two years later, Michael Jackson raised the bar.
In the final 30 years, the Super Bowl halftime present has featured among the hottest celebrity performers together with Prince, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. These jaw-dropping performances may even garner extra consideration than the sport itself.
In reality, round 11% of shoppers are planning to tune in only for the halftime present this yr, based on information from Oracle. The laptop expertise firm surveyed 2,000 respondents between Jan. eight and Jan. 9 that deliberate to look at the Super Bowl and 17% stated that their favourite a part of the large sport was the halftime present.
While nearly all of the most memorable halftime moments stem from extraordinary spectacles of music and dance, the mid-game present has additionally been famous for some wild mishaps.
The Weeknd is ready to headline Sunday’s efficiency at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, though little is understood about his plans. He did tease that he may make use of the enduring pirate ship that’s located at one finish of the stadium.
Here’s a take a look at 11 of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime moments:
The Prince of Pop’s efficiency on the 1993 Super Bowl has been lauded as one of many biggest halftime performances of all time. To kick off the present, Jackson appeared on two jumbotrons, bobbing up physique doubles in a flash of sparks atop the large screens to shattering applause.
A second later, the actual Jackson catapulted from the middle of the stage and stood fully nonetheless and silent for almost two minutes earlier than eradicating his sun shades and beginning his efficiency. Jackson sang a medley of “Jam,” “Billie Jean” and “Black or White” whereas showcasing his iconic dance strikes for the primary a part of his routine.
He completed with “Heal the World” surrounded by a choir of three,500 native Los Angeles kids whereas the viewers held up playing cards that created the picture of cartoon kids from across the globe holding palms.
Jackson’s halftime present was a significant success, marking the primary time in Super Bowl historical past that the scores elevated between the 2 halves of the sport. It additionally inspired the National Football League to signal high musical acts to look in future halftime reveals.
Pop singer Michael Jackson performs in the course of the halftime present of Super Bowl XXVII between the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills on January 31, 1993 at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
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Irish rock band U2 was the headliner for the primary Super Bowl to happen after the September 11 assaults in 2001. The rockers used their time on stage to pay tribute to those who had been killed, projecting their names onto a vertical display behind the stage whereas they sang.
U2’s setlist included “Beautiful Day,” “MLK” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.” At the top of the efficiency, lead singer Bono opened his jacket to disclose an American flag.
Bono, lead singer of U2, shows American flag lining in his jacket after singing “Where The Streets Have No Name,” in the course of the halftime present of Super Bowl XXXVI within the Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2002.
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Those that tuned into the stay broadcast of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime present might have forgotten that Jessica Simpson kicked off the efficiency or that P. Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock had musical cameos. Instead, the most memorable a part of Janet Jackson’s mid-game manufacturing was an unlucky wardrobe malfunction.
After Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock completed their particular person stints on stage, Jackson appeared alongside pop singer Justin Timberlake to carry out “Rock Your Body.” Allegedly, the routine was supposed to finish with Timberlake ripping a black piece of material from Jackson’s bodice to disclose a bit of pink lingerie beneath. However, the garment collapsed, and Jackson’s breast was uncovered.
Following the incident, the NFL introduced that MTV, which had produced the halftime present, wouldn’t be concerned in Super Bowl halftime reveals sooner or later. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim has credited the wardrobe malfunction for the creation of the video sharing web site.
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake carry out at half-time at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium, 01 February 2004 in Houston.
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After the occasions of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime present, the NFL appeared for a low-risk, however nonetheless wildly standard, musician to headline the efficiency. Thus, famed Beatle Paul McCartney was introduced on.
McCartney sang “Drive My Car,” “Get Back” and “Live and Let Die” earlier than partaking the group in a thunderous rendition of “Hey Jude.”
Paul McCartney performs in the course of the halftime present of Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Fla, on Feb.6, 2005 at ALLTEL Stadium.
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A bit of rain would not deter the nice and highly effective Prince.
In the 40-year historical past of the Super Bowl, it had by no means rained throughout a halftime efficiency. It is reported that Prince reveled within the climate, with producers saying Prince requested them to “make it rain harder.”
There was potential hazard as a result of downpour, as the fabric on the stage was identified to get slippery when moist and Prince and his dancers had been all sporting high-healed sneakers. Additionally, the musician had 4 separate electrical guitars that he deliberate to make use of in the course of the efficiency.
Prince began his set singing “Let’s Go Crazy” earlier than transitioning right into a mash-up of “Baby I’m a Star” and “1999.” He then sang bits of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” and The Foo Fighters’ “Best of You.”
He capped off his efficiency with “Purple Rain,” basking within the deluge.
Prince performs at half time throughout Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida on February 4, 2007. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
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In 2009, Bruce Springsteen requested viewers at house to step again from their guacamole and put down their hen tenders whereas he and the E Street Band carried out their halftime routine.
Springsteen was a musician that the NFL had spent years courting and there was a number of pleasure when he lastly agreed to take part in the course of the mid-game celebrations. The band performed “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Born to Run,” “Working on a Dream” and “Glory Days.”
However, the efficiency is likely to be most well-known for the second when Springsteen did an influence slide that put him on a crotch-first collision course with a cameraman and all of the viewers at house.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band carry out on the Bridgestone halftime present throughout Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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With a nine-song medley, choreographed dance routines and sky-high flames, Beyonce set the gold commonplace for a Super Bowl present within the trendy period.
She even reunited Destiny’s Child for her efficiency, bringing former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to the stage to sing “Independent Women” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
After closing with “Halo,” the lights on the New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome went out, delaying the second half of the sport. However, officers have stated that the halftime present was not the trigger.
“Why would you ever have a Super Bowl without Beyonce?” Rob Sheffield wrote in his evaluation of the singer’s efficiency for Rolling Stone. “Now that was a halftime show, and that is a star … No special guests, no costume changes – just Beyonce.”
Kelly Rowland, Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child carry out in the course of the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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As if getting into that University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona atop a large golden mechanical lion wasn’t sufficient, Katy Perry wowed viewers with musical company Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott and loads of pyrotechnics.
The pop star carried out 9 songs together with “Roar,” “California Girls” and “I Kissed a Girl.” Perhaps extra iconic than Perry’s brightly coloured costumes was a background dancer dubbed “Left Shark.”
Perry was flanked by two dancers wearing shark costumes throughout a part of her efficiency. The shark on stage left was off beat and out of sync with the shark on the fitting and rapidly turned an web sensation. The choreographer for the efficiency stated the dancers weren’t given particular strikes to carry out and had been instructed to only mimic no matter Perry did, resulting in the genuine second.
The finale of Perry’s efficiency additionally went viral. The singer appeared on a flying star to sing “Firework.” The set piece resembled the previous brand of NBC’s PSA program “The More You Know” and have become a preferred meme.
Perry’s halftime present was watched by extra viewers than the sport itself and gained two Emmy Awards.
Recording artist Katy Perry performs onstage in the course of the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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Coldplay might have technically been the headliner of the 50th Super Bowl halftime present, however the British band was hardly the star. That honor was held by Beyonce and Bruno Mars.
Front man Chris Martin opened the present with the refrain from “Yellow” earlier than singing a medley of Coldplay hits together with “Viva la Vida” and “Paradise.” However, it was solely after a file scratch that the efficiency kicked into excessive gear.
Bruno Mars appeared on stage with a troupe of backup dancers to carry out “Uptown Funk.” He was countered by Beyonce, who arrived in bodysuit paying homage to Jackson’s from 1993 to sing “Formation” along with her personal military of dancers. The two events of dancers then marched towards one another, dealing with off heart stage.
Martin then rejoined the pair they usually completed off the efficiency with “Up&Up” and the closing lyrics to “A Head Full of Dreams.”
(L-R) Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars carry out onstage in the course of the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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The opening to Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl efficiency in 2017 might have been prerecorded, however that does not take away from the truth that the pop singer did really repel from the ceiling of the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Clever modifying mashed up Gaga’s pre-recorded drop along with her flight from the center of the stadium to the stage. She didn’t use a stunt double. Atop a tall pillar on the stage, the musician carried out “Poker Face” whereas fireworks lit up behind her. She transitioned to the bottom to sing “Born This Way” and “Telephone.”
Lady Gaga confirmed off her expertise with devices, too, wielding a keytar for “Just Dance” and organising at a piano for “Million Reasons.”
For the finale, she donned a soccer pad-inspired costume whereas singing “Bad Romance.” She ended the efficiency by leaping off the stage and catching a glittering soccer whereas fireworks erupted overhead.
Lady Gaga performs in the course of the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
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For the 54th Super Bowl, which befell in Miami, the NFL tapped Latina superstars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez to headline the halftime present.
Shakira took the primary third of the efficiency to sing a medley of hits: “Dare (La La La),” “She Wolf” “Empire,” “Ojos Asi,” “Whenever, Wherever,” “I Like It,” “Chantaje” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” She danced all through her efficiency, showcasing her iconic strikes.
She handed the reins over to Lopez, who took followers by way of her hit listing: “Jenny from the Block,” “Ain’t It Funny,” “Get Right,” “Waiting for Tonight,” “Booty,” “Que Calor,” “El Anillo,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Mi Gente” and “On the Floor.” Lopez showcased the abilities she discovered for her position within the movie “Hustlers” by doing a part of her routine utilizing a pole.
Shakira and Lopez shared the stage for the ultimate act of the efficiency, singing “Let’s Get Loud” and “Waka Waka.”
Jon Pareles of the New York Times stated the present was “a no-nonsense affirmation of Latin pride and cultural diversity in a political climate where immigrants and American Latinos have been widely demonized.”
The efficiency got here at a time when many had been extremely crucial of then-President Donald Trump’s immigration insurance policies and the incarceration of migrant kids.
Pareles known as Shakira and Lopez “Latina superwomen, smiling pop conquistadoras backed by phalanxes of dancers.”
“This halftime show was euphoria with a purpose,” he stated.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez carry out onstage in the course of the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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