The Legacy of Halftime Performances

The Super Bowl, also known as one of the biggest sporting events in the United States, has gained quite the popularity through the sport, commercials, and of course the performances. Many watch the Super Bowl because of their love for football, while others stay tuned for one thing in particular: the halftime show.

Each year an artist(s) is chosen to perform during the halftime show at the Super Bowl. This year Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi took stage in Atlanta to perform their biggest hits. With mixed reactions, many believed it wasn’t the performance they were expecting.

Regardless of your opinions on the halftime show last night, I have made a list of past performances of Super Bowl halftime shows that deserve the attention!


Michael Jackson (1993)


Diana Ross (1996)


Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah (1998)


Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan (1999)


Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly (2001)


U2 (2002)


Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting (2003)


Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock (2004)


Paul McCartney (2005)


The Rolling Stones (2006)


Prince (2007)


The Who (2010)


Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA, Cee Lo Green (2012)


Beyonce, Destiny’s Child (2013)


Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)


Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot (2015)


Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Mark Ronson (2016)


Lady Gaga (2017)


Justin Timberlake (2018)


Halftime shows are not just about vocals, but about the use of stage space, lights, dancers, and everything in between. Artists who know how to perform, leave behind quite the performance for people to talk about years down the road. Performers such as Beyonce, Michael Jackson, and Katy Perry know a thing or two about leaving the audience in awe. Who do you think should perform next for the Super Bowl halftime show? Let us know in the comment section below.

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