Over the years Super Bowl has certainly branched out and grabbed people all over the world, especially when it comes to their half-time performances.
Even if you have no idea how the game works, you can be guaranteed to be entertained during the break by some of the hottest musicians that go all out for that one performance.
However, like some things in life. things don’t always go to plan. And what would hopefully turn out to be a success has often turned out to be a failure.
We have gathered some of the best and worst Super bowl acts, giving them either the thumbs up or thumbs down….enjoy!
1. New Kids on the Block 1991 👎
Now, the fact that this happened back in 1991, and stage performances have really advanced may have something to do with how we feel about this one.
The Gulf war had just begun so they decided to dedicate this part to the children of the veterans fighting for the country. Surrounded by glitter and gold, a Disney theme setting, and 2000 children, New Kids on the Block sang an array of their hits but finished off the show with Disney’s ‘It’s a small world after all.’ It was a nice thought but not sure how that would go down these days.
2. Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers 2014 👍
Hats off to whoever thought of putting these two unbelievable acts together, they worked amazingly. Now, while the NFL did bring back the kids for this one, they had learned their lesson from times gone by.
The coolness that is Bruno Mars mixed with the heading bopping sound of the Chili Peppers got the crowd going! No matter what type of music you were into, you would have loved this.
3. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Jessica Simpson, and Nelly 2004 👎
A great mix of artists but this performance was remembered for all the wrong reasons. They were the hottest stars at the turn of the 21st century but when Justin Timberlake began to grind up against Janet Jackson all hell broke loose.
Now famously referred to as ‘Nipplegate’, the pop star duo brought a new definition to the term ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during their Super Bowl performance in 2004 when Justin scandalously ripped off a section of Janet’s Alexander McQueen leather bustier exposing her breast for 9/16ths of a second to the 72,000 fans in the stadium and the 100 million people who had tuned in to watch on TV.
4. U2 2002 👍
How could we not mention our own U2 who got the crowd going wild nearly 21 years ago – sorry to make anyone out there feel old.
It was just a few months after the horrific events of 9/11 and the lads dedicated their performance to those who had died. Behind them the names of those who perished hung, letting everyone know that the world was thinking of them.
5. Maroon 5 2019 👎
This was not a good year for the Super Bowl, and it wasn’t really Maroon 5’s fault. It was during the height of the controversy surrounding the blacklisting of Colin Kaepernick. Colin is an American rights activist who in 2016 began a protest against police brutality and racial abuse by getting down on one knee while the national anthem played.
Because of the negative treatment he received from the NFL, no star wanted to play the half-time show that was until Maroon 5 stepped in. While they gave it their all there was an uneasy atmosphere throughout the whole show.
6. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar 2022 👍
Those of the nineties and noughties who loved the world of rap were in their element last year when it came to the half-time show. Artists that defined those eras grouped together.
From ‘California Love,’ ‘The Next Episode,’ ‘In da Club’ and ‘Family Affair’, no one wanted it to end. It was almost like ‘who cares about the football…keep singing.’
7. Shania Twain, Sting, and No Doubt 2003 👎
EEK not one of Shania Twain’s best moments…you have to sing live gal! It was only when Sting and No Doubt came along that the show was saved. See what you think!
8.JLo and Shakira 👍
When JLo and Shakira stepped out on the stage to perform for fans during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in 2020, people at the event and worldwide were buzzing.
While some thought it was a bit too risqué, the majority of people praised the superstars for putting on one hell of a show.
They brought us right back with their catchy hits. From Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’ to JLo’s ‘My love don’t cost a thing,’ you can be guaranteed that people were up shaking their stuff to the beat.