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Views: 31283443 Description: Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars celebrated 50 years of Super Bowl halftime shows — and Beyoncé’s new single “Formation” — during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
The trio of performers collaborated on a number of songs throughout the show, with headliner Coldplay kicking things off. Martin started the performance by crouching on the field as men and women, dressed in dark clothing, ran toward the stage. His band then ripped through “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise,” before playing their new single “Adventure of a Lifetime.” (Coldplay was joined members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles during the performance.)
“Wherever you are, we’re in this together,” Martin said during “Viva La Vida.”
Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars celebrated 50 years of Super Bowl halftime shows — and Beyoncé’s new single “Formation” — during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
Strangely, what the halftime show did best, though, was fun
A Super Bowl halftime show whose early going promised to make it one of the franchise’s worst ever managed to evolve, briskly, into something far more interesting; a meta-commentary on various star personas and on the Super Bowl halftime show itself.
The segment of the show belonging solely to Coldplay was the set’s worst. Though the band was the halftime show’s notional headliners, it was the least relevant-seeming of the three acts onstage. Bruno Mars and Beyoncé had been invited, the language around the show suggested, as a nod to the franchise’s “history,” and yet they felt far more urgent and intriguing than the British band, whose act was also plagued by significant audio problems. Lead singer Chris Martin’s onstage leaps felt like an attempt to gin up the sort of enthusiasm that Mars, with the opening bars of his hit “Uptown Funk,” generated organically.
Mars and Beyoncé are a part of halftime show history, sure, but it’s very recent history. They performed on the world’s biggest stage two and three years ago, respectively. (One wonders whether Katy Perry, last year’s headliner, felt snubbed.) Before the show began, I was among those who questioned what, exactly, the pair of performers were thinking: Beyoncé in particular seemed to have said everything she needed to say with a refined and incredibly ambitious Super Bowl solo set. Why tempt the fates by going for a second act, as someone else’s support?....
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