Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Performance Proves Critics Wrong

Sonam Dhesi, Writer

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Bruno Mars and his eight man band performing at the Super Bowl

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers stole the Super Bowl half time show on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey. Many critics believe Bruno Mars was not a big enough star to take the stage since he has only released two albums. There was also the question of not having the experience to host this event. Some worried he could not live up to the standards set by previous Super Bowl performers such as Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Yet Bruno Mars at the age of 28 is the youngest artist to perform at the Super Bowl, and he did so with amazing results.

The lights were off, the anticipation was building, and a children’s choir started to sing “Billionaire.” Bruno Mars appeared wearing a retro gold jacket, white shirt, a black skinny tie and trousers made by Saint Laurent, worth $5830. Fireworks lit up the arena and Bruno Mars started with an incredible drum solo on a small stage. The small stage moved back, joining the main stage that led right into “Locked Out Of Heaven,” with Mars eight man band wearing the same attire. Following “Locked Out Of Heaven” Mars and his band’s choreographed and coordinated dance moves shifted into “Treasure,” flanking Bruno in a row. His performance became more energetic in “Runaway Baby.” In “Give It Away,” Bruno was joined on stage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, complete with a shirtless Anthony Kiedis and Flea. The momentum and atmosphere was insane as Bruno, his band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers jumped around rocking the stage. The atmosphere calmed down as Bruno’s pianist played “Just The Way You Are” and the American flag appeared, this song was dedicated to the loved ones of those serving in the military. The arena was dark with a spotlight on Bruno in the field on a small circular stage, and there were fireworks exploding all around the arena.

Bruno Mars received a lot of criticism before his performance, but those who did not believe in him were proven wrong. Bruno Mars does not need to rely on back-up dancers, crazy effects, or other artificial means of producing an amazing show; Mars’ talent, charm, and hits were all he needed to put on an impressive half time show.

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Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Performance Proves Critics Wrong