By Kirsty Fraser
The Super Bowl is over for another year. Viewed by millions around the globe, the annual event has now become the sporting contest to watch. Advertisers clamber to get a spot during the game and actors, celebrities and sportsmen all pitch in on the fun by lending themselves to brands just for the occasion.
But it isn’t just about the game. All eyes are on the now infamous half-time shows that have become synonymous with viewers around the world. This year saw Bruno Mars rock the stage alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers in a show that has been widely applauded by critics and remained free of any mishaps. But it wasn’t always like this. It wasn’t until the 80s that the half-time show at the Super Bowl started to involve popular acts in music. Back then, New Kids on the Block and Gloria Estefan were the stars rocking the stage. Hard to believe. But since then the half-time show has become a true spectacle and not always for the right reasons. Here’s some of the music highs and lows from Superbowl half-time history:
1. Back in 2002, U2 rocked the stage only months after the atrocities of 9/11 had unfolded. U2 provided just the right back-drop to highlight the emotions the world was feeling at the time. From a heart wrenching version of ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’ complete with victims names, to Bono unveiling that the lining to his jacket was the Stars and Stripes of the American Flag, the event marked the horror of what had happened beautifully.
2. 2009 brought Bruce Springsteen’s legendary show to the world stage. The rocker – who was only 59 at the time of the show – played a set which saw him shoulder to shoulder with his legendary sidekick and saxophonist, Clarence Clemons and which had rousing renditions of Springsteen classics complete with knee slides.
3. In 2012, a huge TV audience watched as one of Madonna’s guest performers caused outrage by ‘flipping the bird’ during the half-time show. MIA was already no stranger to controversy, perhaps one of the reasons why Madonna had invited her to perform, but it all backfired gloriously and left Madonna apparently ‘livid’. Didn’t stop her from selling a few extra CDs though did it.
4. Who can forget the 2004 show, with its now infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’. All was seemingly going well for both Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson during their half-time set until the unfortunate reveal. Jackson’s fortune’s tumbled after the debacle whilst Justin’s success has only heightened. Funny that.
5. The second biggest television audience in history tuned in to watch Beyonce shake, shimmy and pull a series of mad obscure faces in 2013. Women around the world watched on in envy whilst men looked on longingly. The show also came complete with a Destiny’s Child reunion.
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