Anyone who watches the Super Bowl Halftime Show regularly knows it hasn’t exactly been conventional in recent years (Janet Jackson “Wardrobe Malfunction,” anyone?). And if any celebrity represents “unconventional,” it’s Britney Spears. In her younger years, Ms. Spears’ music touched upon issues such as self-identity, sexuality, and just plain old heartbreak.
The pop star, who is currently in residency in Las Vegas for her show “Britney Spears: Piece Of Me,” is credited with reviving (if not altogether inventing) those annoying-yet-catchy “teeny-bopper” pop songs you hear on the radio. And now, rumor has it Britney’s music could be the center of the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show. Two days ago, VH1 posted an article to its website that suggested the NFL may want to outdo this year’s half-time show performance, which included pop star Katy Perry and hip-hop legend Missy Elliot.
In addition to two insanely popular performers, this year’s show also boasted backup singers dressed as sharks, pyrotechnics, and lighting effects aplenty. It may sound difficult to outdo, but Miss Spears is no stranger to epic on-stage effects herself. ABC News reported in December of 2013 that Britney’s show contained a four-piece band and 14 dancers in addition to “…elaborate sets, unforgettable costumes, and state-of-the-art, never-before-seen technology.”
As VH1‘s site mentioned, Miss Spears’ tour was originally scheduled to end in 2015, but was extended into 2017 due to its widespread success. Coming off of the less-than-outstanding sales of Miss Spears’ latest album Britney Jean, the Super Bowl move combined with Britney’s residency could be what she needs to prove she’s still got it.
Contact Music stated that Britney feels it’s the right time to make her comeback due to how popular her Vegas show is. The site went on to say that a source told the National Inquirer Britney will “definitely” have a part in the 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Show, and though “…the details haven’t been totally worked out yet,” the source promised an exciting show.
Despite Mario Lopez’ offbeat comment to Britney, she has made it clear she’s not going anywhere for a long time. The pop star, who got her start as a mouseketeer on the Disney Channel’s Mickey Mouse Club and later reinvented herself by playing a bored-looking schoolgirl in 1999’s “Baby One More Time” music video, is certainly making a stir on social media with rumors she might be performing during the half-time show. Fan site breatheheavy.com even went so far as to make an Instagram post containing five reasons why Miss Spears should be a Super Bowl performer, and Spears’ Twitter fans are aglow with even the mere speculation that they may get to see her rock the 2016 Super Bowl Half-Time Show.
After a period of time in the mid-to-late 2000s, in which Britney had to fight off negative publicity from the press while wading through her own personal issues of self-exploration and a crumbling relationship with her then-fianceé Kevin Federline, it seems Miss Spears has finally found her place not just in the world, but in pop culture, and fans have enjoyed taking the journey with her through her music and concerts. Now in her early thirties, Britney has proven that age really is just a number in the music industry, and in turn received a loyal fandom endearingly nicknamed “Britney’s Army” that have supported her the entire way there.
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