There are two different routes Super Bowl organizers usually take with Halftime shows. Either they hire a very reliable classic rock type act that everyone loves in order to deliver something blandly acceptable to the massive audience, or they hire someone a little more high energy who hops around and runs in so many different directions that the event devolves into chaos. Finally. Finally, all involved got it right this year. Bruno Mars was the perfect choice, and he stepped up and delivered a home run performance.
The twenty-eight-year-old Hawaiian native hit the Super Bowl stage this evening and left everything he had out there. He played drums. He sang. He danced. He sped up the tempo. He slowed it down for a few emotional moments. He covered “Shout”. He brought out the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He reached deep in his bag of tricks, and while it’s impossible to please everyone, it’s hard to imagine what he gave wasn’t very enjoyable for an overwhelming majority of viewers.
Mars has always been a bit of a throwback. He’s a Renaissance man, jack of all trades type. He’s probably best known for his high energy dancing and MoTown type vibe, but he’s also not afraid to be genuine and vulnerable in really slow moments on stage. Over just a handful of songs, he was somehow able to show off all of that. He turned back the clock for “Locked Out Of Heaven”, implementing a brass section and tons of dancing. He went absolutely nuts alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a cover of “Give It Away” and he slowed it all down to let soldiers dedicate “Just The Way You Are” to members of their family.
In short, I couldn’t have been happier with everything Mars did, and much of the reaction on Twitter seems to be very positive. What do you think? How did you like his performance? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…
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