This year, at Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, Katy Perry is set to touchdown with Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, and Idina Menzel.
This is an interest dynamic. I’m sure 99% of the audience has no idea who Idina Menzel is because I don’t. Apparently he/she isn’t one of Johnny Manziel’s relatives who’s surname was misspelled on their birth certificate.
It’s hard to imagine John Legend doing something other than getting overly emotional over a relationship. He’s the artist you listen to during a candlelit bath with a glass of red wine, not during the Super Bowl when your down a couple of $17 dollar cold ones.
The four artists are following up a big show from last year in New Jersey when the performance from Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers was the most watched ever with 115.3 million viewers.
Even though the first Super Bowl took place in 1967, the halftime show didn’t get good until much later. However, even in the modern era of halftime shows, there have been some train wrecks.
Here are the 10 worst halftime shows in Super Bowl history.
10. Paul McCartney
Not bad, but boring. Super boring. Although, he did turn it up at several points, it was mostly just a dude playing the piano with a significant fireworks budget. Sure, seeing Paul McCartney perform live is a treat. In Las Vegas, on the night you seriously think you are at risk of liver failure.
It left the “what’s next?” feeling. The “when is the fun guy coming out for the younger generation?” feeling.
McCartney was the “safe choice” because he was following up the Janet Jackson year. It’s pretty safe to assume Paul wasn’t going to pull his nipple out. And he didn’t. With the budget allowance for the halftime show, they could have at least hologrammed in John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr .
All in all, Paul McCartney is meant to be enjoyed over three hours and 10 minutes didn’t do him justice.
9. Gwen Stefani
First off, why did she start doing pushups in the middle of the performance? Was she planning on suiting up for the second half?
The Sting portion of the show wasn’t terrible. He brought it and his sound changed the tempo a little bit since all of No Doubt’s songs sound the same.
No Doubt’s 2003 Super Bowl performance was plagued with bad audio. The sound of Stefani hurt the ears. She kept saluting the crowd which was a little odd. Also, the big weirdo with frosted tips on the drums wasn’t wearing a shirt. It was almost offensive.
8. ‘N Sync, Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
In all fairness, it was 2001 and nobody knew better. This halftime show was basically just a crew of artists trying to be as cool as possible. And everybody was wearing leather pants and had highlights.
There were some positives. Britney Spears was at the height of the career she should never have had. Nelly is still one of the few rappers to ever be invited.
The show started off with ‘N Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye.” The song is utterly pointless and anyone over the age of 25 who knows and likes it should be ashamed. ‘N Sync’s hair, dance moves, and clothing choices are a huge bunch of problems and up there with soul patches in the “no-no category.”
There is point in the show where the members of “N Sync just hip thrust into the air for almost ten seconds. Later, Steven Tyler and his bob rubbed up against his guitarist. This is followed up by Justin and Co following Aerosmith around doing a “cool guy walk.”
Other high lights include Britney walking around, seemingly unaware of her spot and Tyler yelling in Mary J’s face because he lost his own microphone.
This performance brings up one of the most important questions in early 2000s popular culture history, which is what did 2001 Britney see in 2001 Justin? Maybe the fact that they could share leather pants was a big selling point for her?
7. New Kids on the Block
The 1991 halftime show was meant to be a “thank you” to the troops serving during the Gulf War.
It was a Disney themed event, so it was bound to be a little weird with the entire Disneyland crew of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy. But the “It’s a Small World” performance ended up being just plain creepy, with a castle and bunch of kids dressed up in what looks to be little drummer costumes and dresses that looked like they were taken from the American Civil War era.
Someone decided to end things off with a rainbow.
It was obvious that this was an attempt to make the halftime show more of a “show,” but this attempt failed.
6. Madonna and M.I.A.
Madonna performed at Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, along with an entourage of celebrity guests.
The halftime show basically turned into the Madonna show, with the pop queen attempting to prove how bad she still is. She turned the show into a tribute to herself. There were points when she splattered the stage with pictures of herself. Yet, it was still very good.
She was joined by M.I.A, who decided it was a good idea to give the finger, which ended up being sued for $16.6 million, before settling with the NFL.
Why even agree to perform if you are going to be a brat about it?
5. The Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas were just too a little too much. The performance theatrics couldn’t make up for the reality that the audio was beyond awful and the singing was off-key almost the entire time.
The hundreds of performers dancing around did an amazing job. They weren’t Sochi Olympics good but they also weren’t going to be banished to bear infested Serbian forest if they messed up.
Fergie’s rendition of “Sweet Child of Mine” was almost painful and Axl Rose should sue her because he needs the money. The halftime show selection committee does not provide singing lessons beforehand.
4. Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera
Tina Turner and Toni Braxton were outstanding. But, even at their hottest, Enrique Iglesias and Christina Aguilera were probably the worst possible artists for the job.
The 2000 show was produced by Disney, so the setting and design of the stage didn’t make much sense, especially for the Super Bowl. It was very “Disney on Ice.” However, it was slow and very little about it was exciting.
Aguilera was creepy and overly sexual for a family friendly event. Iglesias is always creepy and over sexual. This performance took the sexiness that both artists built careers on away, so it was very dull.
3. Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, and John Goodman
Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman performed as the Blues Brothers in 1997 at the Super Bowl XXXI.
The show was basically a promotion for the sequel to the movie based on the Saturday Night Live franchise.
The show was basically just people in suits dancing around. The Blues Brothers did a little more hip thrusting that anyone could be comfortable with.
Beyonce’s performance was pretty amazing. That is, if it didn’t almost ruin the Super Bowl. Apparently, according to NFL players playing in the game, Beyonce’s show had caused lighting issues in rehearsal. They knew, or at least had an idea, that Bey’s performance was going to leave the Superdome dark and Ray Lewis (who the jury is still out on for most people) free to do whatever he wants without any witnesses.
They decided to take their chances. Afterwards, Beyonce said she was just glad it didn’t happen during her show. Yes, because you are more important than the actual game.
Overall, the performance was a typical Beyonce show. She didn’t bring out any famous friends (you know she has them) but rather those two women from Destiny’s Child.
The entire show was a reflection on our society, I mean, what has it come to when we can’t even have lights at the Super Bowl?
1. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake are pretty much the perfect type of performers for Super Bowl-like events. They are extremely high energy and keep the crowd momentum up for the second half of the game.
Unfortunately, nether artist is likely to be invited back. Ever. Because you can’t show your breat at the Super Bowl. It’s one of the most important rules of live tv.
For the people new to popular culture and/or the media, Timberlake accidentally or “accidentally” exposed Jackson’s breasts in Houston.
Timberlake tired to weasel his way out, saying he knew nothing about the breast popping out. However, Jackson’s right breast was obviously fully aware it was making an appearance. It was Super Bowl ready with jewels and a ring on.
Instead of going down as one of the best halftime shows in the history of the Super Bowl, they brought the term “wardrobe malfunction” into popular use with this halftime show performance.
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