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Super Bowl 2014 Halftime Show: Bruno Mars Spoilers, Performer Rumors and More

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Bruno Mars performs at IHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas. The 28-year-old, Mars latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,”  is nominated for four honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Al Powers/Powers Imagery/Invision /AP, File)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

The Super Bowl halftime show has become almost as big as the game itself, and this year's version is certain to create plenty of memories. 

After years of the NFL "playing it safe" with more established artists, the league went for a change of pace in 2013 with Beyonce. This time, Bruno Mars will take the stage as the main act in what is expected to be an exciting show.

However, the halftime show has become known for its collaborations and surprises. In Super Bowl XLVI, Madonna was joined by LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., CeeLo Green and others.

This year will be interesting as well, so here is a look at the latest rumors surrounding the performance that will be updated as available.

 

Other Artists

While Bruno Mars has plenty of fans, the league did a good job of branching out by announcing a second artist to the show:

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after being one of the most popular bands in the world for over 20 years.

Lead singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea are the most recognizable figures of the cult favorites, who are best known for hit songs like "Under the Bridge," "Californication" and "Give it Away," among many others.

Of course, they are not new to playing in front of big crowds. Here is a look at a performance in 2007 in front of a full Wembley Stadium in London:

The band members are excited about the upcoming show, as indicated in Chad Smith's Tweet, featuring a pic of his new drum set:

Although there are still possible changes to the act, the Chili Peppers are the only known supporting act that will join Mars.

 

Song Choices

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Once again, few specifics have been released. However, Bruno Mars has plenty of choices to pick from as Billboard's 2013 Artist of the Year. 

The Grammy winner has seen a number of songs reach No. 1 on the charts, including "Just the Way You Are," "Grenade" and "Locked out of Heaven." It would not be surprising to see any or all of these songs make it into the performance.

At this point, the big question is how will the transition work between Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These artists play very different styles, but the Pepsi Halftime Shows have often found ways to be creative with their performances.

In reality, it would not be surprising to see the musicians collaborate on one or more songs to create a truly memorable experience.

 

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