Bruno Mars has confirmed that he will be making an appearance during the Super Bowl half time show according to Yahoo!. The show’s main act, Coldplay, had been rumored to want to share the stage with both Bruno and Beyonce for Super Bowl 50’s half time performance. While NFL fans were less-than-thrilled when Coldplay was chosen as the main act, especially considering last year’s energetic performance by Katy Perry, they were undoubtedly thrilled to hear that Mars was returning to the venue.
Mars confirmed the rumor via his Instagram and Twitter:
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 5, 2016
Bruno Mars is a two-time Grammy Award-winning musician. Mars was the first performer under 30 to perform in a Super Bowl half time show with his highly-acclaimed Super Bowl XLVIII concert being the second most watched performance in Super Bowl history. Last year’s show by Katy Perry took the number one spot. Bruno’s showmanship has been compared to that of performers from the 1950s and 60s, gaining him praise from critics and fans alike. At Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Seattle Seahawks were crushing the Denver Broncos in a blowout game, Mars’ half time concert became the highlight of the show with many people touting, “Did you hear there was a football game at the Bruno Mars concert?”
Though Coldplay will undoubtedly get the majority of stage time as the headlining act, Mars’ mix of styles including rock, reggae, pop, and rhythm and blues, along with his charisma and style is expected to give the band a much needed energy boost. Billboard had reported in September that Mars had been asked to not only perform, but curate the show. Judging by the reaction on Twitter, Mars’ return has fans excited about the half time show again and might put the NFL back in their good graces.
AMEN!!???????????? @BrunoMars IS a GENIUS!! Glad everybody recognizes that.
— Jessica (@JUnicorn78) February 6, 2016
the king is back BRUNO MARS IS BACK pic.twitter.com/7jHROTjFLq
— cris (@shellennig) February 5, 2016
While Bruno and Beyonce seem to be a good pairing, it will be interesting to see how Mars and Coldplay fit together. Bruno and Beyonce are both known for high energy performances while Coldplay is known for its mellow rock. Given that Bruno was chosen to curate the show, fans might anticipate a little bit of flash from the British band.
According to Music Mic, 2016 may be the year of Bruno Mars’ revival. Though Bruno has remained a relevant favorite in the music industry with his hits from 2010’s Doo Wops and Hooligans and 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox, Mars has not released a new album in nearly four years. Mars confirmed, via Twitter, last month that he would be releasing a new album in 2016 and his Super Bowl performance will undoubtedly thrust him back into the spotlight. Bruno wrapped up his Moonshine Jungle tour in the fall of 2014 but has kept busy writing songs for artists such as Mark Ronson and Adele. Mars has said in previous interviews that he had would put out his next album when it was “ready,” wanting to provide “better music.”
Check out Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl XLVIII performance here.
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[Bruno Mars cover image by Elsa/Getty Images.]