That pivotal 12 months spotlighted Janet Jackson with the unholy alliance of Child Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake. In case you don’t know what occurred on the finish of the manufacturing, Google it. However you’ve received to marvel if today, that pearl-clutching Janet/Justin “scandal” would register as greater than a social media blip, a viral clip operating in a information cycle between Bernie Sanders mittens memes and Olivia Rodrigo chart breakers, solely to get replaced by one thing extra excitable two days later.
That wheeze of mediocrity prompted the NFL to staff with Jay-Z and his firm, Roc Nation, giving the rap mogul an influential voice within the league’s marquee music occasions, together with the halftime present.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez carry out throughout halftime of the NFL Tremendous Bowl 54 soccer recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Picture/Seth Wenig)
Credit score: Seth Wenig
Credit score: Seth Wenig
The 2020 female-centric spectacle showcased the ample skills of each Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, a pair of Latina firebrands who spiked their respective stage acts with sass, energy and spectacular aerobics, whereas additionally proving that prime leisure exists outdoors of traditional rock stalwarts.
So from them, we flip to this 12 months’s selection — The Weeknd. Although snubbed by the Grammys for his very good album “After Hours,” the person born Abel Tesfaye (who has additionally displayed a current penchant for face bandages) is an ace songcrafter and vibrant performer.
Since each artist prefers to maintain halftime present particulars confidential, all we all know is that with solely about 22,000 followers allowed in Tampa Bay’s Raymond James Stadium, The Weeknd could have prime alternative to make the most of extra than simply the sphere. He additionally augmented the manufacturing funds with $7 million of his personal cash, so hopefully, his funding pays off.
The Tremendous Bowl halftime efficiency can be normally a launching put up for a serious tour announcement.
Don’t count on that this 12 months.
As for the massive recreation, Tom Brady will compete in his 427th Tremendous Bowl (nicely, extra like his tenth Tremendous Bowl, however it positive feels prefer it’s 427) and his first Tremendous Bowl with Tampa Bay, making them the primary staff to play a Tremendous Bowl of their house stadium. You may count on the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs will attempt to repeat final season’s success. In honor of Sunday’s soccer finale, right here, in no explicit order, are a number of unforgettable Tremendous Bowl halftime performances. All can be found to observe on-line.
Girl Gaga (2017)
Atlanta Falcons followers may want to erase the 28-3 nightmare from reminiscence, however it wouldn’t be honest to expel the Mom Monster as nicely. Her dedication to meticulousness was evident — and who can beat an entrance from the roof of a stadium? — and her glam-rock homages to Bowie and Blondie alike with “Poker Face,” “Born This Approach” and “Simply Dance” outlined spectacle. Nevertheless it was the impromptu greeting to her dad and mom throughout “Million Causes” that not solely broke the fourth wall, but additionally gave the world a glimpse of Stefani Germanotta.
Following his surprising dying in 2016, Prince’s rain-dappled spectacle was steadily cited as one in every of his most vibrant performances. The diminutive powerhouse ripped via a joyous “Let’s Go Loopy,” potent (and shocking) covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “All Alongside the Watchtower” and the Foo Fighters’ “Better of You” and a definitive (and half-literal) rendition of “Purple Rain” whereas confidently navigating a water-slicked stage within the form of his signature image.
Fewer than 5 months faraway from the Sept. 11 terrorist assaults, the band carried an superior duty — the way to entertain, but be respectful. It took 4 guys from Eire to indicate People the way to grieve and have a good time concurrently. Perhaps you don’t keep in mind the spectacular performances of “Stunning Day” and “The place the Streets Have No Title,” however the scroll of these misplaced on 9/11 illuminated behind the heart-shaped stage is — appropriately — etched in our souls.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Avenue Band (2009)
Has there been one other band — apart from The Rolling Stones, who performed in 2006 — as custom-built for this mega-sized efficiency than Springsteen and his E Avenue comrades (together with the incomparable Massive Man, Clarence Clemons)? Whereas swinging anthems “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Born to Run” dazzled and Springsteen preached with humorous verve, most viewers will recall the defining shot of the set — Springsteen diving into one in every of his knee-slides throughout the stage, besides this time, a digital camera was aimed squarely at his zipper.
Paul McCartney (2005)
Following the aforementioned Justin ‘n’ Janet outrage, the Tremendous Bowl committee went as huge and protected as attainable by enlisting Sir Paul. I don’t care how resolved you might be to venture hipness (i.e., youthfulness) in a halftime present — there isn’t a larger catalog of songs in existence than what McCartney may deliver to the celebration. He delivered with a setlist that included a pyro-bursting “Dwell and Let Die,” “Drive My Automobile” and the compulsory “Hey Jude.”
Who else can declare an influence outage following arguably their largest efficiency? Perhaps it was the Future’s Little one reunion. However extra possible, it was that thigh-booted strut down the catwalk to the sizzle of “Loopy in Love,” the precision dance strikes throughout “Single Girls” and Bey’s smoking vocals all through (and let’s not neglect her killer all-female band) that precipitated a stadium blackout. Now that’s fierce.
Tremendous Bowl LV
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Melissa Ruggieri has lined music and leisure for The Atlanta Journal-Structure since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene weblog. She’s stored vampire hours for greater than twenty years and remembers when MTV was superior.