A showstopping performance from pop royalty.
The National Anthem at the Super Bowl is occasionally controversial, given that each rendition is other openly loved or heavily criticised by viewers. Lady GaGa performed 'The Star Spangled Banner' this year, and while the popstar has generally divided opinion throughout her career, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Lady Gaga shows serious talent at the Super Bowl
Gaga absolutely nailed her performance as she opened the Super Bowl at Levi's stadium in Santa Clara, California. Flawless, gentle and sincere, it was an astounding delivery from a well acclaimed star who sparkled in a glittery red suit with matching eyeshadow, vivid blue nails and US flag heels. There was something pure about the way she sang it, not overdoing the melisma like her 2011 predecessor Christina Aguilera and almost venturing into operatic territory with those big notes and sending goosebumps over the audience with that ringing last word 'brave'. Say what you like about Lady Gaga, but there's no doing the girl got pipes!
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But the Doritos ad overtook them all.
Everyone knows the best thing about the Super Bowl is the commercials and this year, it doesn't disappoint. Featuring all the most unlikely stars you can imagine from Liam Neeson to Steve Harvey, this year's breaks had moments of tears, joy, shock and - namely - abject horror. Thanks Doritos!
Amy Schumer hits the Bud with Seth Rogen
First you got Amy Schumer and Seth Rogen representing Bud Light in all their awkward glory, giving an uplifting power speech about America and the importance of beer. Then there's Liam Neeson goes all sci-fi on us with the LG ad (never has a commercial been so suspenseful), and Kia Optima's walk-in closet commercial (sorry, we mean the 'Walken' closet) - enter Christopher Walken, an advocate for brightly coloured socks. Go figure.
The Queen Bey got the best reception of all the halftime spots at Super Bowl 50, but even more viewers were impressed with Lady Gaga's performance of the national anthem.
The 34 year old star briefly had the stage all to herself as she delivered a rendition of brand new single ‘Formation’, released just 24 hours before, with her backing dancers’ costumes seemingly heavily influenced by the armed rights group the Black Panthers, clad in black leather and berets.
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Beyonce dropped a new single by surprise on Saturday, prompting speculation about an imminent new album.
She released the song on Saturday night (February 6th), only just before she helps Super Bowl 50 halftime headliners Coldplay perform at Santa Clara, exclusively via Tidal, the streaming service she co-owns with her husband Jay Z.
Featuring minimalist production with a pronounced hip-hop sound, ‘Formation’s lyrics make reference to Beyonce’s Southern heritage. She was born in Texas, to parents from Louisiana and Alabama, and the video is shot in New Orleans, the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina over a decade ago.
Rihanna, Stephen Colbert and NFL analyst Jim Nantz all featured in the CBS promotional clip.
Rihanna has confirmed that she’ll performing live at the Grammy Awards next month, in the wake of a new promotional video short also teasing a possible guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show.
TV network CBS released the clip to promote three key events they’re covering in February 2016 – the annual American football showdown, the Grammy Awards and the ongoing ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’.
Set on a computer-generated football field, it features the Barbadian-born singer facing off against NFL analysts Jim Nantz, James Brown and Phil Simms, while chat show host Colbert appears as a referee and tosses a coin. One side of the coin bears the Grammy Awards logo while the Super Bowl 50 emblem is seen on the other.
If true, it would be the second time that the 'Uptown Funk!' singer has had the honour, following his performance in the 2014 edition.
Following his spot on one of the biggest pop hits of all time in the last 12 months, R&B / pop star Bruno Mars has apparently been asked by the NFL to perform during the Super Bowl half-time show for the second time in his career, according to reports by multiple media outlets.
Since he last took on the prestigious honour in 2014, Bruno has featured on Mark Ronson’s ginormo-hit ‘Uptown Funk!’, which has been almost certainly the biggest hit of the decade so far and spent an incredible 14 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. Insiders familiar with the situation are indicating on Wednesday (September 9th) that this extraordinary success has persuaded the NFL to extend their invitation for a second time.
Bruno Mars posing at the Super Bowl half-time show press conference back in 2014
The "Left Shark" incident was one of the most talked-about Super Bowl events in years, but Perry hasn't been able to make a case for the design of the costume to be trademarked.
Pop star Katy Perry has failed in a bid to register a “Left Shark” design as a trademark, in an attempt to cash in on the internet phenomenon sparked by her Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year.
Back in February, one of the singer’s two back-up dancers dressed as a cute cartoon shark seemed to have forgotten his choreography, throwing some rather erratic moves compared to the other. The incident was dubbed “Left Shark” and was the most talked-about event of the evening on social media, eclipsing the game itself and spawning a ton of internet memes.
Katy Perry applied to register "Left Shark" as a trademark
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The pop icon is strongly rumoured to be an integral part of the half-time entertainment for Super Bowl L next year.
It’s been barely a month since the drama of the 2015 Super Bowl, but gossip is already heating up as to what will be happening at next year’s game. Strong rumours indicate that Britney Spears will be performing the half-time show, and that she’s currently in talks with the NFL to flesh out the details.
An inside source close to Britney told the National Enquirer that the singer feels that it would be the right time to make a pop comeback, coming off the back of a successful residency in Las Vegas. “She’s ready to do something massive,” the source stated.
Britney is reportedly close to wrapping up a deal to perform at Super Bowl 50
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Jimmy Fallon provided lots of laughs with his special filming of 'The Tonight Show'.
The Super Bowl XLIX was all anyone could talk about over the weekend - and it wasn't just about the epic win of the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks. As per usual, this year provided some pretty hilarious highlights, most notably from 'The Tonight Show''s Jimmy Fallon.
Jimmy Fallon provided the comedy at Super Bowl XLIX
Fallon was shooting a Super Bowl special for 'The Tonight Show', filming at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix for the first time in honour of the occasion. Despite special guests Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and LeGarrette Blount of the Patriots making an appearance, Fallon did well to keep the attention on him with his admittedly impressive 'Super Bowl of Lip Sync Battles' skit.
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Leigh Steinberg - Iconic Sports agent Leigh Steinberg hosts 28th annual Super Bowl party at Arizona Science Center Phoenix at Arizona Science Center - Phoenix, Arizona, United States - Saturday 31st January 2015
Both musical stars will be supporting Seattle over New England during Sunday's Super Bowl, for very different reasons.
Two of the live musical performers at this year’s Super Bowl have both intimated that they’ll be supporting the Seattle Seahawks this weekend. Katy Perry, who is set headline the halftime show, and Idina Menzel, who will sing the national anthem, have both expressed preferences for the Seahawks.
At Media Day ahead of Sunday afternoon’s showdown at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Perry was the first to say that she’ll be rooting for the North-West team over the New England Patriots.
Perry is friends with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and will be supporting them
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