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Super Bowl 2014: Bruno Mars joins the ranks of Michael Jackson and Beyoncé

With Super Bowl 2014 only two days away, the entire country is buzzing abut the big game. On Feb. 2, Bruno Mars will join the Super Bowl ranks of Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney and other mega superstars that have performed during the halftime show that will be seen by more than 100 million worldwide. According to “Forbes” on Jan. 31, Bruno Mars won’t be paid a dime for his Super Bowl gig since he was approached by the NFL, not the other way around. However, his 12-minute Super Bowl halftime show will give the multiple Grammy Award winner TV exposure of gigantic proportion. Concerning its selection of Mars, Marc Ganis from Sportscorp stated:

Bruno Mars, who won a Grammy Award in 2014, is set to take center stage during the halftime show of the 2014 Super Bowl.
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There aren’t many acts like that 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.

The eyes of not only the country, but also the world, will be on Bruno Mars when he takes the stage during the halftime break of Super Bowl XLVIII. So, how will his show rate against the other great ones of past? The pressure will definitely be on. The “NY Times” posted on Friday:

Those few minutes will be the most crucial and thoroughly scrutinized in this young pop musician’s booming career, in a show that has been second-guessed for months.

The last person to hit the Super Bowl stage was Beyoncé, who wowed the international TV audience. Randall Roberts from the “LA Times" reviewed her performance and said:

An action-packed, Vegas-style medley of the Houston-born vocalist's many hits, both solo and as part of Destiny's Child, Beyoncé's set - filled with fire, strobes, hologram-esque teams of Beyoncé images dancing in a row - showcased a selection of independent-minded pop specifically choreographed to silence detractors.

Bruno Mars hopes to make his Super Bowl halftime show just as memorable, but he has some huge shoes to fill. In 1993, Michael Jackson took the world by storm with a “We Are the World” theme. Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones were the talk of Super Bowl XXXXI in 2006.

Bruno Mars has been nominated for a Grammy Award a whopping 53 times and won twice as a solo artist. He first turned heads at age four by impersonating Elvis Presley. “Locked Out of Heaven” was a huge hit that became the summer anthem of 2013. Bruno’s real name is Peter Gene Hernandez and he was born in Hawaii. Will he rise to the occasion and produce a Super Bowl halftime show that’s talked about long after the big game? Fans certainly hope so. To see Bruno Mars talk about performing during the 2014 Super Bowl, be sure to watch the video above.

Here’s a look at the Super Bowl halftime shows since 1993:

  • 1993: Michael Jackson at the Rose Bowl. Theme: Heal the World.
  • 1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and The Judds at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Theme: Rockin’ Country Sunday.
  • 1995: Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and Miami Sound Machine at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. Theme: Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
  • 1996: Diana Ross at Sun Devil Stadium in Arizona. Theme: Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Super Bowl.
  • 1997: The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top and James Brown at the Superdome in New Orleans. Theme: Blues Brothers Bash.
  • 1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations and Queen Latifah at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Theme: Salute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary.
  • 1999: Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. Theme: Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing.
  • 2000: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and Edward James Olmos at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Theme: Tapestry of Nations.
  • 2001: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Theme: The Kings of Pop and Rock.
  • 2002: U2 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Theme: Tribute to 9/11 Victims.
  • 2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
  • 2004: Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Theme: Rock the Vote.
  • 2005: Paul McCartney at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville.
  • 2006: The Rolling Stones at Ford Field in Detroit.
  • 2007: Prince at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
  • 2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at University of Phoenix Stadium.
  • 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. 2010: The Who at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
  • 2011: The Black Eyed Peas at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
  • 2012: Madonna at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
  • 2013: Beyoncé (Destiny’s Child reunion) in New Orleans

Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows:

  • Michael Jackson in 1993. Doubles of the King of Pop entered the stadium from each corner before the real Michael Jackson stood up and performed a medley of his hits: ''Jam,'' ''Billie Jean,'' and ''Black or White.'' The truly big production, though, came in the finale when he sang his single ''Heal the World,'' complete with the audience holding cards that created images of children from across the globe; a video montage of his various humanitarian efforts around the world; and a choir of 3,500 local L.A. children. This was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history.
  • U2 in 2002. This particular Super Bowl took place a mere 4-1/2 months after the 9/11 attacks. U2 took to the stage and performed “Beautiful Day” and “MLK”, followed by a tearful rendition of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” While the Irish rockers performed, the names of all 9/11 victims scrolled across the sky. Before the end of the song, Bobo opened his jacket and revealed an American flag sewn into its lining. When hearts were still healing, this particular Super Bowl show stood for so much more than just a football game. It stood for America.
  • Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in 2004. The halftime show started calmly - Jessica Simpson, a couple of college marching bands, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock all took the stage. However, when Jackson returned for an encore, Justin Timberlake appeared for a duet of his hit ''Rock Your Body.'' Before most viewers knew what was happening, the former boy-bander ripped away her bustier, revealing her breast for a mere second. It was the talk at water coolers across America for months afterwards.
  • Paul McCartney in 2005. Taking the stage for Super Bowl XXXIX, Sir Paul McCartney did a medley of hits, including “Drive My Car,” “Get Back” and “Hey Jude.” The performance was electrifying and one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history. McCartney delivered an energized performance that delighted the millions of viewers.
  • The Rolling Stones in 2006. No one can bring a crowd to its feet like the icons from the Rolling Stones, and that’s just what they did. On a specially designed “Lips” stage, the band performed “Start Me Up,” “Rough Justice” and “Satisfaction.” Despite a 5-second delay, the show was as good as it gets.
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2009. The Boss proved that he's still born to run – and rock – when he performed an amazing 12-minute set of some of the band's biggest hits, including ''Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out'' and ''Glory Days.'' He even executed his signature move (sliding across the stage on his knees). He may have been 59, but Springsteen still had all the right moves.

The 2014 Super Bowl (XLVIII) airs on FOX on Sunday, Feb. 2. Below are some quick facts about this year’s biggest game of the year.

  • Place: Metlife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in N.J.
  • Kick-off time: 6:25 p.m. EST
  • A year of firsts: First Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment. The first in 38 years to be played outdoors on FieldTurf, and the first in which two US states (New York and New Jersey) will work together with hosting duties.
  • Halftime Show: Bruno Mars (with Red Hot Chili Peppers) are this year’s halftime performers.

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