The NFL Super Bowl halftime, the 12-minute-moment that all stars dream about. One the most watched performances on live television that also has the power to propel or break careers.
It doesn’t take a specific type of artist to make a great show, but it does take confidence and great talent. After a hit show at the 2014 halftime, Bruno Mars becomes part of the prestigious list of artists that have graced past games. From here on out there is no other way but up for Mars, so while we wait for news about how much star power he gained over night, let’s jump ahead to 2015.
The headliner has to be a Grammy-winner, entertaining and family-friendly. (So remember, promoting alcohol to the children skipping their early bedtime is always okay, but boobs and middle fingers are out of the question!) The family-friendly aspect automatically takes out top acts like Miley Cyrus for twerking so damn much, Robin Thicke for teaming up with Miley and Justin Bieber for all the stupidity he’s done.
Thankfully, we still have an array of great artists that could bring the house down if given the opportunity. Here are the 4 musicians that should be considered for the 2015 halftime show.
4. Daft Punk
EDM is becoming more popular by the minute and during this year’s Grammy awards it seemed like Daft Punk took every award home. The robots are not only known for their music, but for their impressive use of visual components during concerts. Of course, a 12-minute EDM show would be terrible for the occasion so collaborations are a must: Pharrell Williams with “Get Lucky” and (if his ego allows him) Kanye West with “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” But how about going a step further and adding Avicii, Afrojack and David Guetta. Now that would be one hell of a show!
If Madonna is allowed to headline, then so should Rihanna. Yes, she posed naked, threw a dollar or two at a stripper, got back with the man that beat her and has publicly admitted her love for weed. But let’s not forget that Madonna – whose halftime performance is regarded as one of the best today – has masturbated on stage, rubbed the Puerto Rican flag between her legs and even burned a bunch of crosses. If Rihanna can manage to keep her performance decent enough to air live, there is no doubt that she would rock the house. She has the looks, voice, awards, hits and star power to make a great show.
Shakira became a crossover artist in 2001, is loved in the U.S and internationally, is family friendly and at times a bit risqué (DID YOU SEE HER NEW VIDEO?!), is one of the best-selling artists of all time, and has some crazy dance moves and unending energy that would make for an unforgettable show. Latinos have already performed at the halftime show – Gloria Estefan, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Bruno Mars (whether you want to admit that he is Latino or not) – so Shakira shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, if foreign acts like The Who, Paul McCartney, Sting and U2 (all from Europe) were able to be a part of this “all-American” event, then so can the Colombian singer. Add some Pitbull to the mix and you have a hit show.
1. Pharrell and Friends
Pharrell Williams is my top choice. He is a multidimensional artist and musical genius behind some of the greatest songs like “Get Lucky,” and “Blurred Lines.” Williams is not only family friendly and fun, but also satisfies the musical taste of many crowds. Bringing in the various friends that he’s worked with – Snoop Dog, Jay Z, Daft Punk, Nile Rogers, Robin Thicke, T.I. and Gwen Stefani – would make for a killer show!
On September 2013, a petition on Change.org addressed to Greg Aiello, senior VP of communications for the National Football League, asked for the 2015 halftime performance to be headlined by the heavy metal band GWAR. As of Feb. 3, 2014, the online petition has 52,545 supporters. I’m definitely no supporter of the cause, but heck it would sure make for a memorable show.