Bruno Mars blew the roof off at the 2014 Super Bowl Sunday night. That's what the consensus seems to be as Monday morning quarterbacks discuss the game on the field, as well as the halftime show. Mars delivered, "a blowout performance at the 2014 Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show," was how US Weekly called it on Feb. 2, adding the pun, "Bruno, the fans love you just the way you are."
While the Denver Broncos may have been a disappointment in taking on the Seattle Seahawks last night, when they took a break at the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Bruno Mars woke up fans and got their blood flowing again.
The two-time Grammy Award winner, and 16-time nominee, took to the stage for a performance seen around the globe in a staggering 198 countries.
Bruno Mars and his eight-piece band The Hooligans, packed several of the singer's smash hits into the 14-minute performance.
The 28-year-old Hawaii native started off the set with kids holding hands and belting out a few lines to "Billionaire," the Travie McCoy song that kick-started his career in 2010.
Soon Mars appeared, donning his staple gold jacket ensemble, tie, and black pants, in the middle of the stadium playing the drums. When he finished his drum solo, he stood to sing "Locked Out of Heaven" and "Treasure" with his band.
"Runaway Baby" was next, with Mars giving the hit a rockier edge. The Red Hot Chili Peppers' appearance was hinted as Bruno peppered his song repeatedly with the lyric "give it away".
Soon a shirtless Anthony Kiedis and Flea and the rest of RHCP joined Mars for a quick collaboration of that hit 1991 song. The bouncing moves of the Chili Peppers was balanced out by Mars' taking on some dance moves reminiscent of James Brown and Michael Jackson.
The finale of Mars' set turned more emotional and serious as videos of military service men and women were shown sending love to their family and friends back home. Bruno was then left alone on stage to sing the melody "Just the Way You Are."
Some may have questioned whether the relatively young and newer artist earned the right to hold court over the Super Bowl halftime show. At 28, he's the youngest singer to have this honor in the last 13 years, according to the Daily News.
But Mars has sold over 115 million singles worldwide. He did follow an elite group of megastars who've previously graced the halftime stage at the Super Bowl though.
Matt Miller tweeted, "This is what a half time show at the Super Bowl is supposed to be like", while David Gregory tweeted, "Halftime better than game".
Other entertainers include Beyoncé and her Destiny's Child reunion last year, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Paul McCartney, U2, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Prince to name a few.
All are in agreement Monday however, that Bruno Mars stepped up to the plate and delivered a knockout performance that blew the roof off the stadium, that is, it would have if there was one.
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