According to Time Entertainment, this year the NFL tapped a relatively unknown young talent in place of past superstars like Beyoncé, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones.
The NY Daily News reported this about the young man's performance:
Super Bowl halftime show star Bruno Mars brings old-school showmanship to dynamic performance. During Bruno Mars' 12-minute display — complete with a seamless cameo by The Red Hot Chili Peppers — the 28-year-old singer touched on bouncy '60s Motown, fun '70s disco funk, slick '80s pop and a hint of modern hip-hop-flash."
Even Mars’ wardrobe was a blast from the past. His gold glitter suit looked like one worn by Elvis, with its skinny labels borrowed from later '60s Mods. By outfitting the whole band in similarly spangled suits, and putting them through similar dance steps, he imitated acts from The Temptations to the Four Tops. At one point, he did one of James Brown's fast-footed dance moves as well.
Mars has been nominated for 18 Grammys and won two: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Just the Way You Are” in 2011, and Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox in 2014.
He has written songs for a number of singers, including: Philip Lawrence; Justin Bieber, CeeLo Green, Alicia Keys, Lil' Wayne and Snoop Dogg.
Mars, born in Hawaii, comes from a family of musicians. He had an unsuccessful stint with Motown Records, but signed with Atlantic in 2009.
He has sold 10 million albums during his 3-year singing career and 58 million singles worldwide. His combined downloaded works as a singer, songwriter, and producer totals over $115 million. As a solo artist he has had five No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and seven top-ten singles, only the second artist to do so after Richard Marx. "Just the Way You Are" sold 12.5 million copies and enabled Mars to become the best-selling digital artist in 2011.