It’s official. Bruno Mars is headlining the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show at MetLife Stadium on February 2nd, 2014. A day after the Associated Press leaked the news, both the NFL and Pepsi confirmed Mars’ selection and released an official photo and video promo. It’s the earliest the organization has revealed the halftime act ever. Beyonce was revealed in October, while Madonna after Thanksgiving.
“Bruno Mars is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer and musician. The 14-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner has sold over 115 million singles worldwide. His current album Unorthodox Jukebox and his debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans have a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide. According to Billboard, Mars scored his first five “Hot 100” No. 1s faster than any male since Elvis Presley. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mars has an impressive catalog of 22 “Hot 100” hits. Currently, Bruno Mars and his eight-piece band The Hooligans are on a sold-out, 91-city world arena tour.” – NFL Press Release
Let me preface this by saying I love Bruno. The man can do no wrong in my eyes. He releases infectious hit after hit. In addition, he’s an amazing live performer. But is he big enough to score the most-watched musical event of the year? After Madonna and Beyonce tackling the show the past couple of years, the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer seems a bit underwhelming. Again, I adore this man but somehow it doesn’t seem epic enough. Don’t you agree? Weigh in below.