Bruno Mars has been named as this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer. He will sing during the break in play on February 2 at the MetLife Stadium, New Jersey.
It is considered somewhat of an honor for Mars to be chosen for the halftime performance at America’s largest sporting event. The NFL contend that the halftime shows at the Super Bowl are the most-watched live music performances on television.
Fox’s NFL broadcast yesterday announced that Mars secured the halftime spot. The broadcast was held live at New York’s Time Square among much hype and fanfare.
Following the exciting announcement Bruno Mars shared the news via his Twitter account saying: “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!,” followed by, “Hooligans (his band’s name) we did it!”
The R&B star’s popularity just keeps on growing as he just finished a 10-week sell out tour and is due to hit Europe for an eight-week tour in October.
Jon Caramanica wrote in the The Times about Mars’s outstanding performance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier in the summer:
“He is the most formidable synthesizer of styles going in pop today, taking in doo-wop, lovers rock reggae, torch songs, 1950s rock, 1970s funk, 1990s R&B and more, making for a sound that’s both pan-stylistic and, in a way, panracial,”
Previous halftime Super Bowl performers have included Madonna, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyonce. The Super Bowl halftime performance is expected to attract in excess of 110 million viewers.