The Super Bowl Halftime Show is more important than it game itself for many fans. There are people who don’t give a shit one way or another unless their team is competing. This is just one of the many reasons this event is so damn big. There are people who literally watch for the commercials and performances.
While I am always watching for the sake of the game, I am invested in the whole shabang. Super Bowl is easily one of my top 3 favorite events of the year next to the NFL Draft and my Fantasy Football Draft Day for Dirty Dozen.
I look forward to the halftime performer being announced each and every year. In 2021, I am certainly not disappointed with the selection of The Weeknd. No matter what happens, there will be the mouth breathers who scream on social media how bad it is. Don’t be a killjoy. Enjoy the show. It amazes me every year how many people are genuinely pissed off by the performances. I don’t think I have ever watched a halftime show and thought “you know what? this just sucked.”
That being said, here are my Top 5 Favorite Super Bowl Halftime Shows…
Honorable Mention: 2007 Prince
What I loved: He used God for his special effects. It literally was raining during Purple Rain.
5. 2016 – Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce
What I loved: On top of three dope ass performers, the finale. I loved the nod and montage to all the prior Super Bowl performers and the message of unity and togetherness. The song transitions from Fix You to Just the Way You Are with the three of them belting it out together. It ends with the crowd spelling “Believe in Love.”
4. 2020 – Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
What I loved: There was a viral Facebook post sharing all of the things represented in that performance highlighting the cultural background of these two icons. This is what I wrote in response…
“Although I didn’t know about all of the cultural aspects listed in the post above, I am glad I do now. I think it is fantastic that these two superstars highlighted their culture in such an electrifying way. I am all for learning and acknowledging other cultures.
One of the great things about being an American is people come from all over the world. We are a melting pot. Most places don’t have this kind of diversity in their culture and I think it should be represented, respected and appreciated. I loved the cape with the Puerto Rican and American Flag being shown with her daughter, Emme, singing Born in the USA.
If that is offensive to anyone, eat shit because you evidently have no idea what being American is. Take your ethnic cleansing somewhere else.
I love people who are passionate about where they came from and I don’t believe that is something people should ever forget. It is silly that invisible dividing lines on a map separate so many people or people get preconceived ideas about what Americans should look like.”
3. 2015 – Katy Perry Ft. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot
What I loved: The presentation. Left Shark. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot crashing the party. I never thought I needed to witness Lenny Kravitz singing I Kissed A Girl, but I did. When Missy Elliot came on, my jaw hit the floor and I was hype as fuck. Plus I once played the penis game with Katy Perry at Disney Grad Night and I fell in love with her that day at age 17. For context for those who don’t know that game. Whoever screams penis the loudest wins, she won because she had a microphone.
2. 2014 – Bruno Mars ft. Red Hot Chili Peppers
What I loved: The opening drum solo going into Locked Out Of Heaven. That set the bar for the rest of the performance. Bruno absolutely burned the house down. The cherry on top was obviously Red Hot Chili Peppers. The military members dedicating Just the Way You Are to their loved ones was a beautiful way to close.
1. 1993 – Michael Jackson
What I loved: The stunt doubles popping out of the jumbotrons before Michael Jackson pops out of the stage in the middle and the crowd absolutely losing it. He just milks it for a good 2-3 minutes before beginning the performance. He got a King’s reaction. The set list for obvious reasons. I always get goosebumps when I hear Black or White. The finale of Heal the World is uplifting and emotional.
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