Madonna: Always Relevant
Seeing as I disliked both teams in The Big Game equally, I was unusually interested in the halftime show this year. I am not a terribly big fan of Madonna’s, but I’ve always appreciated her influence and capacity for showmanship, the latter of which was why I thought she would be an all-too-rare good choice for the halftime show. I have to say that not only did she fail to disappoint, but she turned in what was in my view the most enjoyable halftime show ever, Super Bowl or otherwise. That is a low bar, but I thought she actually put out the first halftime show befitting of a game annually responsible for the year’s largest TV audience.
Apparently the buzz today is about one of her guest performers flipping the bird (which I missed) and her making a bit of a misstep on the rafters (which I didn’t), but that would seem to ignore the awesome spectacle that was the rest of the show. The marching band was my favorite touch, but there were no shortage of other pretty cool moments. And can I just say how happy I was that she made no attempt to have the on-field audience that always seems to make these halftime shows so especially awkward?
For the readers: now that Madonna has set the bar and shown that it is possible to put together a non-awkward and outright enjoyable halftime show, what other artists are out there who can pull this off? Presumably Gaga (aka Madonna 2.0), but who else?