What’s Your Favorite Super Bowl Halftime Show, From Dr. Dre And Snoop Dogg to Beyoncé? Vote!
Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl LVII halftime show on February 12. But, before the superstar makes her sure-to-be-triumphant return to the stage, let’s take a look back at previous halftime shows.
The 2023 game will celebrate 30 years since Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl performance in 1993, which launched a new era of halftime shows, with fans expecting to see their favourite stars engaged to put on a career-defining act complete with lights, music, and frequently a special surprise or two.
Everyone from Katy Perry and Madonna to Paul McCartney and The Rolling Stones have taken the centre stage between the goalposts over the previous three decades, and we want to hear which halftime performance is your all-time favourite.
The Purple One’s mix of his own hits with covers of Queen (“We Will Rock You”), Bob Dylan (“All Along the Watchtower”), and Creedence Clearwater Revival via Tina Turner (“Proud Mary”) put Prince’s 2007 set at the very top of Billboard’s official ranking, though the defining act of his halftime show was the extended coda of “Purple Rain” as actual rain poured down in the stadium.
Then there’s U2’s performance two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which drew the nation together for a special homage that included “Beautiful Day,” “MLK,” and “Where the Streets Have No Name.”
The most memorable Super Bowl moment of all time, of course, occurred in 2004, when Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake headlined and an accidental tear-away (or expertly planned shock to the system, depending on who you ask) in the closing strains of “Rock Your Body” rocketed the phrase “wardrobe malfunction” into the cultural vernacular.
Beyoncé, whose incredible 2013 set shut down the power in the third quarter of the game; Lady Gaga, who kicked off her 2017 performance by singing “God Bless America” and jumping from the roof of the stadium; and Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, whose combined dance moves and costumes sparked a flood of controversy just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic took over the world, were other modern triumphs at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg hosted an enormous hip-hop event featuring Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Anderson last year.
With singles like “California Love,” “No More Drama,” and “Still D.R.E.,” Paak energised the hometown audience at L.A.’s SoFi Stadium.
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