Sunday night is that time again. The 58th edition of the Super Bowl is held in the casino city of Las Vegas. The mega event also includes a spectacular halftime show. A look back at the most legendary performances.
The Super Bowl is the highlight of an NFL season. Every year, millions of football fans around the world sit in front of the television late into the night so as not to miss the game. In addition to the spectacle on the pitch, there is also the spectacular half-time show. In recent years, fans have been treated to some legendary performances.
2002: U2's moving performance after the terrorist attack
The Irish rock band U2 gave an emotional performance in New Orleans in 2002. After the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001, this halftime show had a very special meaning for the American people. After mentioning the names of the deceased, not a single eye was left dry, not even among the most die-hard football fans.
2004: Janet Jackson causes scandal with “Nipplegate.”
In 2004, Janet Jackson caused a headline-grabbing controversy with her sexy leather look. Justin Timberlake was to blame for the wardrobe malfunction. Timberlake ripped off the singer's bra and revealed her right breast, which was adorned with a silver jewel. The performance went down in history as “Nipplegate.”
2007: Prince impresses with “Purple Rain” in Miami
According to the setlist, it rained a lot at the 2007 Super Bowl. Prince performed his hit song “Purple Rain” in front of 100,000 fans at the stadium, making for an epic performance. With this performance and his revolutionary success on the music scene, he became immortal. Among other things, Prince played his '80s classic “Let's Go Crazy” and impressed with a top-notch guitar solo.
2013: Beyoncé's triumphant return: Destiny's Child reunited
Beyoncé is to many music fans what Tom Brady is to football. The singer is known, among other things, for her versatility in various musical genres, including R&B, pop, hip-hop, and even country. Her energetic 2013 performance included hits like “Crazy in Love,” “Single Ladies” and “Halo.” But Beyoncé upped the ante. During her performance, her former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams came on stage. R&B band Destiny's Child achieved worldwide success with hits like “Say My Name” and “Survivor.” Fans were lucky enough to see a Destiny's Child reunion.
2022: Hip-Hop Renaissance with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem
The connection between urban hip-hop culture and sports is deep in many facets. The history of hip-hop has a great influence on the population, especially in the United States. Sports and hip hop are expressions of pride and identity, especially in the black community. This is just one of the many reasons why the 2022 lineup of East and West Coast rappers made a splash. The performance featured 1990s hip-hop classics and was capped by a surprise performance by rapper 50 Cent.
By Georgina Azike