Super Bowl 2013 is more than months away, but the NFL announced on October 16 that Beyonce has been tapped to star in the illustrious halftime show. She joins the ranks of Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones as an honored Super Bowl performer, but how will Beyonce rank against the heavyweights of music?
Ever since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has shied away from solo female performers. For five years after that ill fated moment, iconic bands headlined the show, including The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and The Who. Madonna was tapped in 2012, but one of her background performers flipped the finger and the NFL was forced to apologize for the inappropriate gesture. So, the league is putting a lot of trust in Beyonce.
Beyonce Knowles hopes to make her Super Bowl halftime show memorable. The Michael Jackson and Rolling Stones shows were two of the most memorable ever, so she has some really big shoes to fill. In 1993, Michael Jackson wowed the international audience with a “We Are the World” theme and Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones were the talk of Super Bowl XXXXI in 2006.
Beyonce is a 16-time Grammy winner and was named the Artist of the Decade by “The Observer.” Billboard ranked Beyonce as fourth on its Artist of the 2000s list. She was the first female artist to receive the International Artist Award at the American Music Awards. Beyonce’s list of awards goes on and on and she is one of the most recognized names in the music industry. Look for her to make an impact at the 2013 Super Bowl. There is talk of a possible reunion with Destiny’s Child and/or a collaboration with husband Jay-Z.
Here’s a look at the Super Bowl halftime shows since 1993:
- 1993: Michael Jackson at the Rose Bowl. Theme: Heal the World.
- 1994: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt and The Judds at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Theme: Rockin’ Country Sunday.
- 1995: Teddy Pendergrass, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and Miami Sound Machine at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. Theme: Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye.
- 1996: Diana Ross at Sun Devil Stadium in Arizona. Theme: Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Super Bowl.
- 1997: The Blues Brothers, ZZ Top and James Brown at the Superdome in New Orleans. Theme: Blues Brothers Bash.
- 1998: Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations and Queen Latifah at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Theme: Salute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary.
- 1999: Chaka Khan, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Savion Glover at Pro Player Stadium in Miami. Theme: Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing.
- 2000: Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and Edward James Olmos at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Theme: Tapestry of Nations.
- 2001: Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Theme: The Kings of Pop and Rock.
- 2002: U2 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Theme: Tribute to 9/11 Victims.
- 2003: Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
- 2004: Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Theme: Rock the Vote.
- 2005: Paul McCartney at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville.
- 2006: The Rolling Stones at Ford Field in Detroit.
- 2007: Prince at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
- 2008: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at University of Phoenix Stadium.
- 2009: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
- 2010: The Who at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
- 2011: The Black Eyed Peas at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
- 2012: Madonna at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis
Most Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Shows:
- Michael Jackson in 1993. Doubles of the King of Pop entered the stadium from each corner before the real Michael Jackson stood up and performed a medley of his hits: ”Jam,” ”Billie Jean,” and ”Black or White.” The truly big production, though, came in the finale when he sang his single ”Heal the World,” complete with the audience holding cards that created images of children from across the globe; a video montage of his various humanitarian efforts around the world; and a choir of 3,500 local L.A. children. This was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show in history.
- U2 in 2002. This particular Super Bowl took place a mere 4-1/2 months after the 9/11 attacks. U2 took to the stage and performed “Beautiful Day” and “MLK”, followed by a tearful rendition of “Where the Streets Have No Name.” While the Irish rockers performed, the names of all 9/11 victims scrolled across the sky. Before the end of the song, Bobo opened his jacket and revealed an American flag sewn into its lining. When hearts were still healing, this particular Super Bowl show stood for so much more than just a football game. It stood for America.
- Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in 2004. The halftime show started calmly – Jessica Simpson, a couple of college marching bands, Janet Jackson, P. Diddy, Nelly, and Kid Rock all took the stage. However, when Jackson returned for an encore, Justin Timberlake appeared for a duet of his hit ”Rock Your Body.” Before most viewers knew what was happening, the former boy-bander ripped away her bustier, revealing her breast for a mere second. It was the talk at water coolers across America for months afterwards.
- Paul McCartney in 2005. Taking the stage for Super Bowl XXXIX, Sir Paul McCartney did a medley of hits, including “Drive My Car,” “Get Back” and “Hey Jude.” The performance was electrifying and one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history. McCartney delivered an energized performance that delighted the millions of viewers.
- The Rolling Stones in 2006. No one can bring a crowd to its feet like the icons from the Rolling Stones, and that’s just what they did. On a specially designed “Lips” stage, the band performed “Start Me Up,” “Rough Justice” and “Satisfaction.” Despite a 5-second delay, the show was as good as it gets.
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2009. The Boss proved that he’s still born to run – and rock – when he performed an amazing 12-minute set of some of the band’s biggest hits, including ”Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and ”Glory Days.” He even executed his signature move (sliding across the stage on his knees). He may have been 59, but Springsteen still had all the right moves.
Super Bowl XLVII will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, 2013. CBS will carry the game live and plans on charging a record $4 million for each 30-second commercial. The 2011 Super Bowl on NBC broke the record for the most-watched program in American TV history. Super Bowl XLVI was watched by by 111.3 million US viewers and a total audience of 168.8 million, according to Nielsen.
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