Bruno Mars is ready to tackle his Super Bowl 2014 halftime show, according to a Feb. 1 ABC News report. The Filipino-American singer and songwriter is one of hottest Billboard artists today, and is excited to play the biggest 12 minutes of his career to the biggest audience of his life.
“I'm just like honored, you know, because some grace has been on that stage. I’m just excited that we’re getting this shot,” he said. Other headliners in the past include last year’s Beyonce – Destiny’s Child mini reunion, Madonna and Michael Jackson, among others.
So how does Mars feel about sharing the NFL stage with these iconic performers? “NFL is such a prestigious stage that they give the new guy a shot, and I’m so grateful for that,” he said. “No I haven’t been able to take it in, not yet, but come Sunday, I will. I’m going to enjoy myself.”
According to I4U.com, Mars selection for the Super Bowl gig was quite unexpected, but the NFL wanted to branch out of its usual suspect’s zone and choose something fabulous. “One of the answers is there aren’t that many acts like that,” Marc Ganis, president of the consultancy Sportscorp, Ltd. Said. “And the NFL has been going through most of them. You don’t want to recycle. If you’re going to look outside that limited sphere, Bruno Mars is a pretty good selection.”
For Mars, it was thanks to the raw talent that oozes off the singer at his shows. “We just got that phone call and they started scoping me out,” he says. “They were coming to my shows, I guess, and they popped the question. It’s one of those things where I feel like it’s early on in my career, but … it’s definitely something on a bucket list. It’s the biggest stage ever. It’s something you’re not gonna say no to.”
And for those who think the new guy on the Super Bowl block is nervous, forget jitters. He “ain’t scared.” “No matter where I perform, my job is to uplift the people. So whether I’m performing at a graduation or a wedding or a Bar Mitzvah, Grammy’s, the Super Bowl, I’m going to give it all I got. Whatever happens, happens. I ain’t scared, if that’s what you think,” ABC reports.
As for the collaboration with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, that was all Mars’ idea. “It’s an honor sharing the stage with them, and they’re one of my personal favorite bands of all time.”
The Super Bowl airs on Fox, with kickoff at 6.30 p.m. ET on Feb. 2. The big game features the Denver Broncos battling the Seattle Seahawks. “The People’s Diva,” Renee Fleming will sing the National Anthem.