Madonna will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLVI, and her show is sure to be as nostalgic as a cassette tape and as exciting as a rice cake. Sure, millions of middle-aged ladies will reminisce about the first time they danced to “Lucky Star”, but the NFL can do better. They just don’t want to.
Since Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction while performing with Justin Timberlake at the intermission of Super Bowl XXXVIII, the halftime entertainment during the most-watched game of the season has been innocuous at best and Jurassic at worst. When the harmlessly hip Black Eyed Peas took the stage last year, it was a leap forward.
The league wants to avoid controversy as billions of people watch worldwide. As much as you might want a Kanye West halftime show, the league will not run the risk of putting a live microphone in his hands. Thus, the NFL selects a familiar, sanitized musical guest to appease the masses and the sponsors alike. This is how we ended up with the Rolling Stones a few years back.
The NFL has better options for the halftime show: safe and popular options that are culturally relevant now, not decades ago. Here are five Super Bowl-caliber musical acts that would have been better choices than Madonna.