Coldplay Pays Tribute to Past Super Bowl Performers During Half-Time Show
Coldplay brought the past to the present at the 50th Super Bowl on Sunday by inviting Beyonce and Bruno Mars to the stage to pay tribute to former halftime show stars. The British rockers led the much-anticipated set at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and kicked off the show with a medley of their hits, including “Viva La Vida” and their latest single, “Adventure of a Lifetime,” as teens from the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles played alongside them.
The colorful performance then turned to Bruno Mars, the 2014 half-time headliner, who gave a lively rendition of his hit “Uptown Funk” with DJ Mark Ronson. Mars was followed by Beyonce, who took charge of the 2013 Super Bowl show, as she and an army of female dancers took to the football field to debut her new song “Formation,” which she unexpectedly released on Saturday. Mars and Beyonce then joined forces for a “Crazy In Love/Uptown Funk/Formation” mash-up as they met in the middle of the stage in a musical face-off. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin then joined his guests to bring attention to all those who have graced the Super Bowl stage in the past, as clips of memorable sets from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones, James Brown, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney, and last year’s star, Katy Perry, among others, were flashed up on screens around the stadium. The trio closed out the gig by singing Coldplay’s “Up&Up” together. Prior to hitting the stage, Martin hinted he and his bandmates would be “honoring the past” during the halftime show at a press conference, adding they were aiming to “provide a bit of fun and a great atmosphere for people to come and be together and be communal and enjoy the general experience.” Lady Gaga kicked off the anniversary football game by singing the National Anthem to much praise, as Oscar winner and hearing-impaired actress Marlee Matlin performed the song in American Sign Language.