Bruno Mars Confirmed to Perform at Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 9th, 2013 at 7:07 am,

For years, the Super Bowl has established itself as the most-watched television event of the year. Shows aspire to earn the post-game slot due to the inevitable influx of ratings, and advertisers fight over who gets a piece of the precious airtime that comprises the annual crop of Super Bowl commercials. However, one of the most heavily discussed aspects of the big game is the halftime show.

In the last decade, legendary performers like Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen have all headlined the halftime show, and over 114 million tuned in for Madonna’s record-breaking 2012 performance. While the comparative quality of these performances is debatable, the bottom line is that Super Bowl halftime shows are often the most memorable thing about the event (who was playing the year of that infamous Janet Jackson performance, by the way?). Now that football season is in full swing, we have news on who will be the next performer to become a part of TV history.

Pop singer Bruno Mars will perform at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on February 2nd, 2014. The singer – best known for chart-topping tunes like “Just the Way You Are,” “Grenade” and “Locked Out of Heaven” – confirmed the news himself on Fox NFL Sunday and subsequently posted a one-minute teaser of his performance on his official YouTube channel (see above).

bruno mars Bruno Mars Confirmed to Perform at Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show

Traditionally, more seasoned artists have been granted the halftime performance, but the selection of Mars fits right alongside recent performers like Beyoncé and The Black Eyed Peas. It’s clear that Fox is striving for the all-important demographic of viewers between 18 and 49 years of age, and by that rationale, they could hardly go wrong with someone like Mars. He has proven himself a viable commodity in pop music, having become the fastest male artist to land five number one hits since Elvis Presley. Not to mention that his appeal is perhaps a bit broader than an act as young-skewing as LMFAO and Nicki Minaj, both of whom were featured in Madonna’s performance two years prior.

Regardless, a Super Bowl halftime performance can only be a good thing for Mars’ career and could help expose his music to a whole new audience in the process. Still, some football fans out there probably would have preferred that a more established artist was given the chance to perform during next year’s game.

Do you think Mars is a wise choice for Super Bowl XLVIII? If not, who would you have liked to see perform at the halftime show? Sound off in the comments section below.


Super Bowl XLVIII will air Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 on Fox.

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  1. Why not AC/DC?!

    • AC/DC is often played in the stadiums during the games. Seems like the perfect act for a half-time show. Tired of these pop stars.

    • AC/DC is more Football material

  2. I agree 110 percent. AC/DC would be awesome. Seriously Bruno Mars???? Totally Weak.

    • I’m really surprised that they’ve never been approached about it, at least not that we know. The NFL must have some kind of deal with them, since they play their music during the games. Hells Bells, Thunderstruck, You Shook Me All Night Long, etc. I’ve heard a number of their songs being played in the stadiums over the years.

  3. I never really noticed him before this announcement.
    Which is evidence it is a good career move for Bruno.

    Mars has a voice, it seems, and some real talent too.
    Love “Locked Out of Heaven” now locked in my head.

  4. Uh…
    I expected better but, what?

    • If you expected better then you obviously haven’t paid attention to the Goodell NFL. He has systematically made the game more feminine under the guise of “pleasing the female audience. If he hadn’t ruined the game by banning any sort of hard contact (which is the reason football is such a great sport) then I wouldn’t be worried about the vag-i-fying of the Super Bowl.

      • …and you have to “love” the overt show of pink every year for breast cancer awareness…

  5. That’s super lame!!!!. Should of most definitely been AC/DC

  6. Didn’t like his first album (too many ballads) but his last album was actually quite decent. Think he could do a job.

  7. Some years they have multiple artists, maybe we get lucky and he opens for somebody else. Ac/dc great choice or maybe they could talk jack white into a white stripes reunion (we’d only have to talk to him and meg) or even the foofighters. Just give us a band the football fans will enjoy

  8. It figures, the year NY gets the Super Bowl, and we end up getting the lamest halftime performer!

    • I like Bruno Mars and think he’s a pretty talented guy.

      But he’s only been around for a few years.

      He’s a fine performer but the Super Bowl half time needs something HUGE and well experienced.

      I’d go for the revamped Van Halen, but they are NOT the band they used to be.

    • Seems someone quickly forgot how terrible the Black Eyed Peas were. It cannot get much worse than them.

  9. It’s GREAT to see so many Screen Ranters who believe AC/DC should play the half time.

    Count me in; AC/DC For The Win.

    My concern is that the NFL have asked the band and the band said no.

    A few years back after they finished their “Black Ice” world tour, vocalist Brian Johnson hinted that he might be done singing.

    It’s hard to think of a world without AC/DC.

    • You’re concern is valid.

      I think AC/DC has been asked
      and for whatever reason declined.

      • your

      • Yeah. It seems only logical that the NFL would have asked the band to play the Half Time.

        It’s a no brainer. As many have commented , AC/DC songs have been played regularly for years at NFL games.

        The fact that the band has not, and apparently is not playing mid game, says more about the status of AC/DC more than the status of the Half Time show.

        • Actually, I believe AC/DC is considering a new album soon, and I know, for a fact, that Brian Johnson is a guest singer, believe it or not, on Sting’s new album, entitled “The Last Ship”, due out toward the end of this month.

          • Right on, Jeff.

            You just reminded me about Brian Johnson singing on a track or two on Sting’s upcoming CD! That had escaped me. It’s such an odd pairing, I’m really looking forward to it.

            Around 2010 or so, Brian Johnson said the following; “It’s a tough one. It’s not me – it’s just my age. I try to keep myself fit, and I love it being in this band… The other lads are in their early 50s. I’m the old dog in the regiment. It’s a purely selfish thing. I don’t want to look like a prat if I try to push it too far. I don’t want for people to see me on stage and say, ‘Oh, poor old *****, the band’s carrying him!’” BJ is now currently 65.

            Malcolm and Angus Young were later asked about the status of the band and said and they insisted the band was still together.

            I’m a fan but haven’t really kept up with what’s going on.

            I hope you’re right that they can at least crank out one more CD but they ARE getting up there and I wonder if they have the stamina they used to have when storming throughout the world like they usually have.

        • I think it more likely that the NFL knows it has AC/DC fans in it, so they have been signing these pop acts throughout the years to attract another demographic.

          I know it makes the rest of us role our eyes during the halftime show…

          • …”roll” our eyes…

  10. Bruno Mars is very good live. He rocked it on SNL and on the Today Show concert thing. His band is pretty cool too. I think he will do well.

  11. He actually sounds equally as good live as he does on recording. They shoulda gave it to timberlake tho just cause he is a hell of a performer. As for people saying AC/DC really?? Its fits football yes but you can barely understand their lead singer live

    • I’m assuming you’ve forgotten about 2004.

  12. I’m semi-content with this, I guess. Also, it should be 2014 and not 2013.

  13. I guess they just want people to watch the puppy bowl during half time now. It hasn’t been good since The Who. Someone should lock this guy out of the game.

  14. I miss the days when they had multiple acts during the super bowl. But Justin and Janet ruined that forever.

  15. Bruno Mars is an amazing singer and performer and this will be great!