Beyonce Slays, Bruno Mars Gets Funky & Coldplay Brings Flower Power to the Super Bowl
By Zach Seemayer
In one of the most star-studded halftime shows in memory, Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars teamed up for the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, and delivered the heartwarming, rousing performance fans were hoping for.
Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California lit up on Sunday when Coldplay kicked things off with a cacophony of fireworks and fans on the field while Chris Martin crooned into a mic surrounded by screaming fans.
It wasn't as theatrical as Katy Perry riding in on a giant golden lion, but the psychedelic stage, the colorful parade of flower dancers and the throng of diehard fans was exactly the right kind of bombastic and life-affirming energy you'd expect from the beloved band.
Bruno Mars then took over, performing "Uptown Funk" alongside Mark Ronson and brought the energy up more than enough to amp up Beyonce’s highly-anticipated entry onto the field.
Introduced with giant bursts of fire and a bevy of fireworks, Beyoncé came out exactly how you'd expect: Backed by an army of perfectly timed backup dancers that she led like a military commander (complete with bandoliers and everything)! It was the perfect – yes, formation -- for her live debut of her new song "Formation."
Beyonce’s wardrobe seemed to be a direct homage to one of the greatest halftime performers of all time: Michael Jackson. The King of Pop wore nearly the exact same during his 13-minute halftime show during Super Bowl 27 where he set the bar high for all halftime shows to come.
Beyoncé also kept things subtly political with her backup dancers, whose outfits appeared to be modeled after, or at least inspired by, the Black Panthers.
It eventually came together in an uplifting finale when everyone in the audience worked together to hold up colored signed signs that made the entire stadium look like a stunning multi-colored field of Dutch tulips.
Before the big game kicked off, ET's Kevin Frazier caught up with Coldplay lead guitarist Jonny Buckland who revealed that the band was "excited" and "a little nervous" about the performance. Luckily they pulled it off in style. Check out the video below to hear more.