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Bruno Mars takes on the Super Bowl

Bruno Mars performing with 'The Hooligans'
Bruno Mars performing with 'The Hooligans'
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Bruno Mars had some big shoes to fill for this year's Super Bowl Halftime show at the MetLife stadium in New Jersey. His act followed last year's jaw-dropping performance led by Beyonce and Destiny's Child.

Many were skeptical as to whether the modestly-sized 5"5 singer was big enough to bring it since past Super Bowl performers have included legends such Madonna, Prince, and Michael Jackson...just to name a few.

The Super Bowl has often been called one the biggest shows of an artist's career, and there was some uncertainty if Bruno Mars' name had enough clout to draw in the appeal that fans expect from the Halftime show.

Despite speculation and doubt, Bruno Mars 'brought it' and proved that small things certainly come in big packages. He kicked off the 12-minute set with a bang as he glistened in a metallic gold Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane blazer and showed-off his stellar drumming skills alongside his eight-person band, The Hooligans. Mars' drum-set was then followed by his performance of his top hits including "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby."

As Mars continued to 'wow' the crowd with his signature James Brown inspired moves, he was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers as they performed their classic, "Give It Away." The pairing seemed a bit odd given the contrasting genres and failed to make much sense. Even Bruno looked a bit 'lost in the crowd' as he stood in the background and let RHCP do their thing. Despite the strange pairing, The Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked out and pumped up the stadium.

Truly one of the most touching moments of the performance was Mars' song, "Just the Way You Are." The finale performance began with a video montage of active soldiers acknowledging their loved ones followed by a spotlight on Bruno as he sang his heart out in tribute to the soldiers serving our country.

Bruno Mars may not have have the clout of MJ or Madonna and may not have the glitz and glam of Beyonce, but he undoubtedly has the talent, energy, and the powerhouse vocals to put on a great show. Fresh off of his Grammy win for Best Pop Vocal Album and this Super Bowl performance; it's safe to say that Bruno Mars is without a doubt 'winning' this year. Congrats Bruno and of course, Congrats Seahawks!