Super Bowl Halftime show causes mixed opinions

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Erin Keating

For the past 50 years, America has been entertained by the act of two teams of men tackling each other, trying to get more points than the other. I think it’s called football. Every Sunday, 32 teams face off until, by the process of elimination, two teams fight to win the Super Bowl. Every year, Super Bowl Sunday gains more and more popularity. Is it because of the actual game? Maybe. The commercials? Possibly. How about the halftime show? Definitely.

The world’s biggest performers participate in the halftime show each season. From Janet Jackson to the Blues Brothers to Aerosmith, the Super Bowl halftime show is one of America’s most watched television programs. For Super Bowl 50, the NFL decided to have a planet, a queen and something cold perform. Wait, let me rephrase that. The halftime show for this year’s Super Bowl was Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and Coldplay.

The show started off with lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, on the field singing their hit song “Sky Full of Stars,” followed by a crowd of energetic fans running behind him. Martin joined their run and ran on stage, proceeding to sing Coldplay’s most famous song “Viva La Vida.” With a stage resembling a kaleidoscope, Coldplay truly brought the audience to their feet. A group of violinists were also brought to the stage to perform with the band along with a marching band.

Suddenly, the crowd began chanting “Bruno,” and next thing you know; Bruno Mars begins his performance of “Uptown Funk.” With synchronized dancers to back him up, Bruno Mars brought excitement and cheer to the crowd. Dressed in a black jump suit with black indie sunglasses, Mars gave a stellar performance at another Super Bowl halftime show.

Finally, after Mars, the crowd got what they had been waiting for: Beyoncé. Beyoncé and her dancers began their performance on the field. Because Beyoncé is Beyoncé, it is believed that she can do no wrong. This performance proved to be quite different for fans of Beyoncé. The starlet met a lot of backlash in regards to her outfit and performance. Along with her backup dancers, Beyoncé was dressed in a Black Panther inspired costume. While singing her new song “Formation,” Beyoncé created quite a controversy. Many people believed that Beyoncé’s performance was extremely “anti-police.” People were offended by Beyoncé’s choice of costume and the nod to the Black Panther Party.

Beyoncé and Mars brought together their two songs, which took the awkwardness out of Beyoncé’s performance. Martin and Coldplay joined the two and both began to sing Mars’ “Uptown Funk.” To the slight pleasure of America, the halftime show was over very quickly.

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was met with a lot of confusion. People didn’t know what to think, especially when Beyoncé came on. It wasn’t my favorite halftime, but I do give props to Coldplay and Bruno Mars. You guys entertained me. Beyoncé though? Stick to singing “Single Ladies.” I like that one.

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