Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Business & Finance
  3. Industry

Winner of Super Bowl XLVIII: Bruno Mars

See also

The Seattle Seahawks were deserving of their Super Bowl victory on Sunday, but the game got out-of-hand early, and often did not provide even a reasonable facsimile of the game of professional football. However, the big winner of Super Bowl XLVIII had to be Bruno Mars.

Since the original announcement on September 8, 2013, that Mars was going to be this year's halftime entertainment, I have seen nothing but criticism of, and disdain for, his selection. Then, when it was announced on January 11, 2014, that the Red Hot Chili Peppers would be joining Mars onstage for the performance, this seemed to be a signal that there was concern over Mars' ability to carry such a big show.

I was a fan of Mars' choice as halftime entertainment, and seemed to be one of the few who thought he would simply kill it on Super Bowl Sunday. And while I did not have an issue with the addition of RHCP to the bill, I felt the timing of the announcement undermined what I felt was already a potentially great show.

Mercifully, the first half of the game came to a close, and Mars exploded on the scene in East Rutherford, NJ, with an outstanding (and unexpected) drum solo that showcased his top-notch musicianship. He was then joined by his full band for renditions of some of his hits, including "Locked Out Of Heaven," "Treasure," and "Runaway Baby." The latter song morphed into RHCP's "Give It Away" and the reveal of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, and the boys as they powered through an energetic performance of their 1991 hit.

Mars closed the show (far too soon, in my opinion) with one of the biggest tracks from his debut album, the sweet, mid-tempo love song, "Just The Way You Are." The song was accompanied by video tributes from members of the U.S. military to their loved ones.

Ultimately, Mars' performance was the "play of the game," silencing all but the most jaded or ignorant critics. While I was surprised the NFL did not go with a New York/New Jersey selection for halftime performer, I believe they made a phenomenal choice and the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show will go down as one of the most memorable in the history of the event.

Advertisement

News

  • Gaza school shelled
    Israeli airstrikes topple a school in Gaza suspected of housing rockets; dozens killed
    Video
    Video
  • Ebola outbreak
    An American with Ebola virus died shortly after boarding three planes
    World News
  • Why dogs smell butts
    Researchers figure out why dogs like to smell each other's butts
    Pets
  • Time to stop tanning
    The surgeon general advises us not to tan as melanoma cases are on the rise
    Health News
  • Zimmerman lands dream job
    George Zimmerman lands his dream job as a security guard at a gun/motorcycle shop
    Headlines
  • 10 smartest states
    Here are the 10 most educated states in the U.S., did yours make the cut?
    US News

Related Videos:

  • Dance studio succeeds with social media following
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518298401" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518298401&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Lawyer fights fraud cases in Arizona
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518322785" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518322785&autoStart=true"></div>
  • National Dance Day performance may bring national TV exposure to dance troupe
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/DAzkl7GKXfQ?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>