Football and music are the two main forces that bring millions of people together in an epic synergy and nobody understood this concept better than the Americans. Thus, when that time of the year comes as the best NFL football teams compete for victory, music steps in and gives people one more reason to break out the beer and watch TV. Surprisingly or not, this special mixture of sports and music makes lots of kids and adults watch the big game without being football fans and so, the Super Bowl halftime shows have become an American tradition like having turkey on the Thanksgiving dinner table or like singing carols on Christmas Eve.

The Super Bowl halftime shows are held annually at the midpoint of the NFL’s Super Bowl. In fact, these halftime shows have become a tradition during football games at all levels of competition but besides being a reason to stay up late and have fun in front of the TV, they represent much more. These shows are undoubtedly the vital tie-up between sports, humanity and pop culture. Each year, the best and most popular recording artist hits the stage of the Super Bowl to perform live and broad the television audience and nationwide interest.

The Super Bowl competition began in the 60s but back then, the halftime show featured a college marching band. In the 70s, the shows became more varied, including beside the college marching band, shows by Up with People, an education organization that delivered live musical performances. In the 80s, things changed and the Super Bowl halftime shows started to feature well-known celebrities and popular recording artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, New Kids on the Block, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, U2, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett. Step by step, arena rock bands and other high-profile acts invaded the stage that no longer had a theme, but the purpose to entertain and increase audience. A broad range of music genres was accepted and acts representing country music, hip hop, pop, rock, blues, rap, soul, R&B draw more and more people in front of their TV sets to watch the game.

Since the new millennium, some changes made the halftime shows consist of a performance by one artist or group, especially R&B, pop and hip hop artists. In addition, the acts are not being paid one penny for their performance, as the NFL only covers the expenses for the performers and their entourage. The reward of the performers who hit the stage at the Super Bowl is that they experience an increase in album sales and paid digital downloads after their gig.

Last year’s performance, by Madonna, was the most-watched and the greatest Super Bowl halftime show in history, as 114 million people watched her perform along with LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and Cee Lo Green. This year, the star-studded affair scheduled for February 3 at Super Bowl XLVII will be ignited by Beyoncé, who is said to be prepping an epic set, a Destiny’s Child reunion and new material of her own. Therefore, buy your favorite chips and beer, and make sure you have time to watch TV on Sunday to witness one of the most-watched events in American television: the Super Bowl halftime shows, an American tradition.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at 6:36 pm and is filed under News.