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On February 7th 2016, one of the biggest sporting events of this era is taking place in California….the one and only Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 will determine the champion of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2015 season. For us here at Mankind, the real icing on the cake is the halftime shows! In anticipation for Super Bowl 50, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 Super Bowl halftime performers in an attempt to build up enough adrenalin to stay awake for the entire thing… We wish Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars the best of luck to top these previous performances.
Unlike other years where Super Bowl halftime performers are granted with a section of the halftime to enjoy their moment of ultimate sporting glory, in 1993; the King of Pop completely owned the halftime show at the Super Bowl, being the only performer to take to the stage. Michael Jackson began this freakin’ awesome performance by being catapulted on stage, and then performed a medley of his best known hits including ‘Black or White’, ‘Jam’ and ‘Billie Jean’. Good luck trying to top the King of Pop.
Back in 2013, Beyoncé stole the show and grabbed attention from every corner of the world, and with good reason too. After belting out killer versions of ‘Crazy in Love’, ‘Love on Top’ and ‘Baby Boy’, former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage. The three performed ‘Bootylicious’, ‘Independent Woman Part 1’ and ‘Single Ladies’, Finally, Beyoncé sang ‘Halo’ and had the entire crowd hypnotised – a performance that will not be forgotten.
In 2015, Katy Perry took over social media with a storm of memes, GIF’s and sharks… It’s guaranteed everyone will have seen at least one funny post about the back-up dancer shark on the left fishing its choreography and dance moves out of nowhere. Even if that wasn’t the case, Katy Perry and her multitude of sea creatures definitely deserve a spot in our top 5 Super Bowl halftime performers list!
English rock band, The Rolling Stones rocked the Super Bowl 2006 halftime show. Legendary Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Woods and Keith Richards performed ‘Start Me Up’, ‘Rough Justice’ and ‘Satisfaction’, yet imposed a 5 second delay and censored lyrics by switching off Mick Jagger’s microphone during sexually explicit lyrics seen as unsuitable. Here at Mankind, we still thought the performance from our rock heroes was mind-blowingly impressive.
The 1997 Super Bowl halftime show was based on blues music and our main man James Brown performed ‘Get up (I’m Feeling Like A) Sex Machine’ and ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’. He had to get onto our list of top 5 Super Bowl halftime performers because let’s face it, no matter who you are, James Brown’s music is everyone’s (not so) guilty pleasure…well he is ours here at Mankind anyway.
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