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NFL Super Bowl XLVIII: the music guide

Preparing for the Super Bowl XLVIII
Preparing for the Super Bowl XLVIII
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The NFL Super Bowl XLVIII is almost here and the countdown to kickoff has begun. On Feb. 2, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Denver Broncos at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Before the big day, New York and New Jersey will be sharing hosting duties and will host events in both states. On Jan. 27 the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee will partner with Macy’s and have a “Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular”. This is a free ticketed event at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey which will feature performances by Daughtry, The Fray and Goo Goo Dolls.

Also on Jan. 27, J. Cole will initiate the VH1 Super Bowl Blitz Concert. This event will present six concerts in New Jersey and the five boroughs of New York. To learn more about this event and upcoming events, go here.

As exciting as the Super Bowl is, the game is not the only thing we look forward to. The NFL Super Bowl provides us with one of the most watched and anticipated musical event of the year- the halftime show.

Every year the Super Bowl invites big name performers and this year was no different. The critically acclaimed singer, Bruno Mars, will be taking the stage as the main performer. However, we will not only enjoy pop music by Mars but also rock music. It was recently announced Bruno Mars has invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to join him on stage.

Bruno Mars has tough footsteps to follow. The previous performer, Beyoncé, made her performance a top music moment in 2013. As soon as Beyoncé left the stage, the lights went out and her performance quickly became a trendy topic at the time.

There is a long of list of great performances Bruno Mars must pursue. Previous performers of halftime include Madonna with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A, the Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

Beyoncé may be a tough act to follow but we can look forward to what Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will bring us as they are successful, award-winning artists.

The NFL has also announce that Renée Fleming will be singing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. She will be the first opera singer to do so.

Be sure to check out the link for events leading up to the Super Bowl and tune in on Sunday, February 2, 6:30 p.m. EST on FOX for the anticipated show.

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