How Bruno Mars Forced Chris Martin Into A Dance-Off During Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 may have not been the most interesting football game of the year, much less the most interesting Super Bowl we’ve ever seen, but it did have its highlights, including the look on Eli Manning's face after his brother's huge win and the over-the-top halftime show featuring Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Mark Ronson. The whole thing went off with very few hitches—at least to the untrained eye. However, apparently Bruno Mars forced everyone into that one big happy dance-off that occurred onstage. Here’s what Coldplay lead Chris Martin had to tell Jimmy Fallon this week.

That moment… Bruno wanted us to do that. And he said we’ll have a dance-off, and I came last. Our idea was, let’s show a picture of togetherness in this time of everyone being so divided. Let’s show we all get along and everyone’s voices count. Bruno was like, ‘Yeah, let’s have a dance-off.’ But I had asked him to be there, so I couldn’t say no.

Chris Martin popped up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week. And while it has been several weeks since Chris Martin got to have a huge moment during Super Bowl 50, that’s obviously a topic that both Fallon and all of his hordes of late night viewers are interested in hearing about. The singer’s story doesn’t disappoint. I can just imagine him sitting in a room in a cold sweat at having to dance up against Bruno Mars—who has more stage presence than nearly anyone I’ve seen, and Beyonce, whose athleticism has been apparent both onstage and in music videos for tracks like "Single Ladies." But, as Jimmy Fallon pointed out, perhaps Chris Martin is ignoring his own abilities on the stage, like this:

do the worm

The event was a big one for Chris Martin, not only because he got to appear on a giant stage in front of millions of fans (counting the viewers at home, of course), but because when he was announced he also happened to drop an f-bomb on live TV. Go big or go home, right?

You can see the Coldplay frontman talk a little bit more about what Super Bowl 50 meant to him in The Tonight Show video, below.

Obviously incredible moments--like dance-offs--can happen when you put a bunch of superstars together on the stage, and while Chris Martin might have been the awkward gangly guy in the Super Bowl 50 crew, he was still the awkward gangly superstar with incredible stage presence. So, it didn't end too badly for anyone involved.

The Super Bowl often uses the talents of numerous stars and bands during the halftime show. It'll still be some time before next year's big performers are announced, but for now, you can hear more stories like this when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights on NBC.

Jessica Rawden
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