Coldplay may have been the headliner of this year’s Super Bowl halftime performance, but Beyoncé and Bruno Mars clearly stole the show.
This star-studded performance opened up with a performance by the alternative-pop hit Coldplay who has flooded the airwaves since 2000. Their ability to change their sound with current trends has lead them to great commercial success.
As Coldplay took the stage the Stadium exploded with color. They performed one of their greatest hits “Viva La Vida” which won song of the year at the 2009 Grammys. However, Coldplay seemed to be more focuses on their aesthetic than their actual performance, which lacked energy.
The audience participated by holding up brightly colored cards that formed a sunburst. Violinists were adorned in bright red and blue jumpsuits. Dancers carried flowers that appeared to bloom from the field of Levi Stadium.
Coldplay did not remain center stage for long after being invaded by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson. Bruno preformed 2015’s summer number one hit “Uptown Funk” while bringing power and soul to the stage that was not there before.
Bruno Mars has always been one of my favorite performers because of his energy and classic showmanship. The infectious dance beat in “Uptown Funk” allowed Bruno Mars to work the stage and the audience in his favor.
After about 90 seconds of “Uptown Funk” the Stadium was once again taken over. This time it was by none other than the queen herself. Beyoncé dressed in black leather dripped in gold which was a little nod to Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl performance in 1993. She preformed “Formation” which she had only released the day before.
Beyoncé’s performance drew a lot of attention not only for flashy choreography, but also for its political message. Only a day before the Super Bowl Beyoncé dropped her music video for the song which sparked controversy because of its references to Hurricane Katrina and police brutality.
Even after she almost tripped she continued to own the stage and captivated the audience throughout the remainder of the show. As a Super Bowl half time veteran, she really knew how to work a crowd.
Undeniably Beyoncé was my favorite performer of the evening because of her unforgiving confidence and empowering performance.
The performers came together at the end to wrap up the show with more “Uptown Funk.” The Audience once again held up cards. This time they formed the words “Believe in Love.”