Super Bowl XL VIII: The Performances

Super Bowl XL VIII: The Performances

Rock, operatics and fireworks...

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Bruno Mars played a stellar – if a little short – set last night at for the much anticipated Super Bowl XL VIII half time show

The Super Bowl XL VIII took place a matter of hours ago at a very cold MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, New York – presenting a highly anticipated half time show from headline act Bruno Mars, plus The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Queen Latifa opened the first half of the game with an impressive rendition of America The Beautiful. The half time show line up follows most recent and famously hyped performances from Beyoncé and Destiny's Child last year, to Madonna's extravaganza and the infamous Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson pairing in the years prior to that. Beyoncé's input this year came by way of a pre-game show of her own in NYC, with husband Jay Z.

 Super Bowl XL VIII: The Perfomances

Bruno Mars

Mars opened this show by playing a drum solo, launching into the track Locked Out Of Heaven and then a short set that was reminiscent of James Brown in his heyday – before being joined by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers to close the half time on stage performances and the almost equally anticipated advertisements were shown.

 Super Bowl XL VIII: The Perfomances

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Renée Fleming then became the first opera singer to perform the national anthem on the Super Bowl pitch, however the word "opera" unfortunately went unmentioned in her introduction, before a staggering fireworks display kicked off the second half. Oh, and the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos with a final score of 43-8, in case you were wondering...

 Super Bowl XL VIII: The Perfomances

Renée Fleming 

 Super Bowl XL VIII: The Perfomances

The MetLife Stadium, New Jersey

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