Super Bowl halftime show: who sang in previous years?
Find out who the best artists to have sung at the Super Bowl halftime show over the past years were, the greatest performances and singers of the last decade.
Unlike most sporting finals, the Super Bowl halftime show is one of the biggest attractions of the game. Historically, the hottest artists of the moment have been the protagonists of this break, delighting the crowd in the arena and to television viewers across the country and around the world. The performances, certainly those in recent years, then live on via social media.
In this Superbowl LV edition, one that pits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Kansas City Chiefs, the headline act will be The Weeknd, but we thought we'd cast our minds back to the artists who have wowed the masses in the past few years, taking the global spotlight in the middle of one of the biggest sporting events there is.
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Halftime show in 2020: Super Bowl LIV
Taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, the halftime show in 2020 was one that could boast the most number of musical stars on stage. The main singers were Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Emme Muñiz.
Despite this plethora of entertainment on offer, the television audience in the USA fell just shy of 100 million viewers.
Halftime show in 2019: Super Bowl LIII
In the year 2019, Super Bowl LIII took place on 3 February at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. While the sports stars of the match were the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, the singers who were chosen to liven up the break were Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi.
All of them entertained an audience of 98 million viewers in the United States and more than 160 million worldwide.
Halftime show in 2018: Super Bowl LII
The US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was handed the opportunity to host Super Bowl LII in 2018 which was played out between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, with victory for the latter.
In the halftime show, the main stars were Justin Timberlake, the Tennessee Kids, and the University of Minnesota Marching Band, that had the audience eating out of their musical hands as they played around with some of Timberlake's numbers.
Halftime show in 2017: Super Bowl LI
The match between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, in the 2017 Super Bowl LI, was played at the NRG Stadium in Houston Texas. Lady Gaga, who was one of the truly global singing stars of the moment, was asked to perform.
Most Watched #SuperBowl Halftime Shows in History:— Katy Perry Updates ⚡️ (@katyupdates_) February 1, 2021
#1. Katy Perry — 120.7 MILLION
#2. Lady Gaga — 117.5 MILLION
#3. Coldplay — 115.5 MILLION
#4. Bruno Mars — 115.3 MILLION
#5. Madonna — 114 MILLION
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The artist was on stage for around 14 minutes and belted out some of her most famous songs including 'Bad Romance', 'Telephone' and 'Born This Way', much to the delight of those in attendance.
Other artists at the Super Bowl halftime show
Across the rest of the decade, many other great artists have entertained the public in the halftime show. Some of the most notable have been the performances of Coldplay in 2016 during Super Bowl LV, Katy Perry in 2015, Bruno Mars in 2014, and Beyonce in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.
There is absolutely no doubt that the Super Bowl halftime shows are hugely important to the public, both at home and abroad, and they have become one of the side events to the sport that generates the largest audience.
7 years ago today— ilaria 🌴 | *insert sassy sparkle emojis* (@lets_just_kiss_) February 2, 2021
Super Bowl Half time show XLVIII
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This year will be the first one with coronavirus restrictions and so there will be nowhere near as many people in the stadium as in other years. But that is unlikely to detract from the spectacle that will be beamed live to every television, computer, tablet, and mobile that cares for it.
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