Super Bowl Half Time Shows Top Performances: From Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Rihanna

Super Bowl Half Time Shows Top Performances: From Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Rihanna

Martin Moses
  • Super Bowl half-time shows have always delivered the desired pomp and colour
  • Rihanna dazzled fans in the 2023 edition at the State Farm Arena in Arizona
  • Jennifer Lopez and Shakira combined greatly during the 2020 show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami

Musical performances, like almost every other thing in life, musical performances are often subjective. Many people will agree that the Super Bowl half-time shows are always top-tier and colourful but the list of who outshone who will always differ from one person to another.

For example, former United States of America President Donald Trump has been on Rihanna's case over her performance at the Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. Rihanna made a comeback to concert performing for the first time in over seven years to deliver a thrilling performance, just not to Trump's liking.

Rihanna, Super Bowl, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Cold Play
Rihanna performs during the Apple Music halftime show at Super Bowl LVII, between Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023. Photo by Anthony Behar
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Sports Brief reported that, draped in red apparel complemented by dancers in white clothes, Rihanna opened her show with her 2015 hit song [Expletive] Better Have My Money.

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How does the 34-year-old's performance compare to past performances? Sports Brief takes a look at some of the top showings in recent times.

1. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (2020)

In 2020, the Super Bowl was staged in Miami and as the Athletic reports, the organisers took full cognizance of the heavy Hispanic presence in the city. Apart from J Lo and Shakira, Bad Bunny from Puerto Rico and J. Balvin from Colombia joined the two top stars.

Shakira hit the ground running before paving the way for an energetic J Lo. They later teamed up and did a wonderful rendition of Waka Waka.

2. Bruno Mars, Cold Play, Beyonce(2016)

This was one of the first half-time shows that was heavily laced with messages of togetherness and brazen acts of calls against colourism and police brutality.

Beyonce and Bruno Mars donned clothes representing the Balck Panther and accompanied it with singing Formation. Cold Play followed it up with a clear message of love, especially to the LGBTQ community.

3. Beyonce (2013)

Beyonce has been sort of a mainstay at Super Bowl events. In 2013, she reunited Destiny's Child with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joining her on stage.

The record Grammy winner has often mastered the technique of matching her vocals with her elaborate dancing moves. Talk of being talented on multiple fronts.

4. Lady Gaga(2017)

Lady Gaga usually leaves nothing to chance when it comes to showing up grand for performances, or even her music videos. She went all out in 2017, serenading the audience from the rooftop of the NRG Stadium before descending in a typical Lady Gaga fashion.

Why Rihanna won't be paid

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Rihanna wouldn't collect a single dime for her performance which lasted close to 13 minutes. You might wonder why.

The Super Bowl organisers don't pay artists to perform during the half-time show and it won't be any different with Rihanna this year.

It is understood that artists reap massively from the staggering audiences that follow the event annually. The 2023 event is said to attract 190 million viewers worldwide.