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Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show: Bruno Mars fires up with Red Hot Chili Peppers

Budding artist Bruno Mars headlined the spectacular Super Bowl halftime show, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sunday night at MetLife Stadium on the FOX network.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium.
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In the old school tradition of Motown, James Brown, and varied eras of R&B funk, Mars seamlessly went from different genres and styles with the greatest of ease onstage.

Bruno’s and RHCP’s scorching 12-minute show was too short, and a greatly needed respite from the dismal game that preceded and proceeded halftime. It should be duly noted this Grammy-winning artist is now the youngest performer to headline any Super Bowl show at the age of 28.

One might argue Britney Spears being the youngest ever performer. She was only 19 years old as a performing guest artist with headliner, Aerosmith, at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.

One of the most beautiful highlights in Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl XLVIII spectacle was the solemn moment right after the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance.

The stage is dark, while viewers see only film clips of military service men and women giving shout outs and dedications to loved ones.

After the last clip showing a female military member blowing a kiss to her family, Bruno closes the show with his earliest hit “Just the Way You Are.” It was the perfect ending to a highly entertaining program.

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