Over the course of the Superbowl’s almost 50 year history, the Superbowl halftime show has transformed from college marching bands to some of the biggest acts in music history. The Superbowl’s halftime show debuted with University of Arizona Symphonic Marching Band and just last year, Grammy award-winner Bruno Mars dazzled audiences with his glitzy dance moves and his charismatic style. He took the stage with raw, funk rock band ‘The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ and they surprisingly blended well together.
Who will be performing at the Superbowl halftime show has become almost as important as what teams will make it to the Superbowl! Over the years, just a few of the Grammy award-winners that have been a part of the Superbowl halftime show are Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Who, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, and U2...and maybe now, Weird Al Yankovic?
A change.org petition was recently started to drum up interest for Weird Al Yankovic to perform at Superbowl XLIX and so far, it has accumulated over 80,000 signatures. Weird Al Yankovic may be an outlandish choice for a music roster that has boasted some of the world’s most recognized talent, but it looks like he may become a strong possibility.
However, it cannot be denied that Weird Al Yankovic is having a pretty stellar year. In a highly marketed campaign, he introduced a brand new video from his latest album, ‘Mandatory Fun’ each day over eight consecutive days on YouTube. The buzz on this album caught on so quickly, it resulted in a number 1 album on the Billboard pop charts for ‘Mandatory Fun,’ a first for a comedy album.
In an almost 40 year career creating catchy, brilliant, amusing, and sometimes grating parody songs in which some have become beloved classics, Yankovic’s music career has had more staying power than some celebrities he has imitated.
A Grammy award-winner who has also made appearances on film and television, Weird Al’s sometimes dizzying hit songs range from shocking to hilarious! He got his start on the Dr. Demento show with ‘My Bologna,’ a parody song of The Knack’s ‘My Sharona’ in 1979. An avid polka player and accordionist, Weird Al’s songs have run the gamut of song genres and he has also written some non-parodies, but his most successful works have come directly from pop culture. He has parodied a laundry list of celebrities, including Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Coolio, and Rage Against the Machine.
Whether Weird Al makes his way to the Superbowl halftime show or not, his staying power and his award-winning talent might just be enough to make audiences clamor to find out what he would bring to the Superbowl stage.
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