Super Bowl XLVI: Continuing a Recent Tradition of Horrendous Halftime Shows

Chad IrvineContributor IIIJanuary 15, 2017

When the Black Eyed Peas were slated to perform at last year's super bowl, everyone was excited. After six years of artists who could be considered past their prime, finally a contemporary, modern, "hip", young and fresh look to the super bowl halftime show.

Well after many mixed reviews, and a not so fresh rendition of "Sweet Child of Mine" by Fergie, it looks like the Committee has gone back to their ways of choosing artists from when they were youth.

The recent history of not so great super bowl performers can be dated back to 2004. The performers in that year were good, featuring P. Diddy, Kid Rock, Nelly, and the infamous "wardrobe malfunction." After that, we all figured a "classic rock" star like Paul McCartney was a good change for one year to let things settle down.

It turns out, the super bowl committee just started a tradition of lousy choices for super bowl halftimes. I'm not saying artists like McCartney, Rolling Stones, The Who, Prince and Bruce Springsteen aren't good. All I'm saying is that they were past their prime when they performed at the big game. 

Madonna is slated to perform with Cirque du Soleil at Lucas Oil Stadium in February. The big question to me is "Why?" Why pick a 53 year old who hasn't released an album in three years, or an artist who hasn't released a number-one hit single in over a decade?

I'm not sure. Yes, Madonna has been big in the pop scene, appearing on the FOX TV show Glee, and co-writing films, but she hasn't done anything to prove to any of us that she still has the ability to perform like she did in the 80's and 90's. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see how things go this year at Super Bowl XLVI.