Bruno Mars is set to headline the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, it is being reported. Sources close to those in charge of the halftime entertainment for upcoming Super Bowl have let slip that the 27-year-old Grammy winning artist will grace the mid-field stage at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J., on February 2, 2014, when the next NFC champ takes on the next AFC champ in the next NFL championship game.
The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) Sept. 7 that their source spoke on condition of anonymity due to the fact that no official announcement had as yet been made.
As for the official announcement, that is scheduled for Sunday in Times Square in New York City.
Several media outlets, like Billboard, have run with the story as well. In fact, Billboard tracked the origin of the story to the Los Angeles Times, which cited its own sources before and independent of the Associated Press.
The NFL, which produces the Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl halftime show, refused comment on the story. Fox Sports, which will host the popular annual game, also remained mute on the subject.
Still, if Bruno Mars does get the prestigious headline gig, he'll join a line-up of stellar acts to play the Super Bowl. Beyonce headlined the 2013 affair, her show garnering raves. Over the years, the halftime show has also seen the likes of The Who, Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Shania Twain, Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, and Janet and Michael Jackson.
Bruno Mars, as the L. A. Times noted, might be relatively new to the game in light of those that have come before him, but he's gathered quite a reputation for himself as a show-stealer. His performances at the MTV's Video Music Awards, the Grammys and Billboard Music Awards all attest to his ability to wow a crowd. And his video for "Treasure," his latest Top 10 Billboard hit, recently won the MTV Video Awards trophy for Best Choreography.
And if he puts on a show like he did at the 2011 Grammy Awards, where his performance of "Runaway Baby" could arguably rank in that ceremony's top numbers of all time, he will undoubtedly steal the show in East Rutherford as well.
Since 2010, Mars has charted nine times, with four of his singles landing at No. 1: "Just The Way You Are," "Grenade," "Locked Out Of Heaven," "When I Was Your Man."
Both his albums, Doo-Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox, have been certified platinum (with the former having reached double platinum status).
When asked for a comment on whether or not Bruno Mars would headline the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, one League representative joked that the only performers ruled out thus far were Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus.