The allure of Super Bowl XLVIII is obvious for football fans, as the Seattle Seahawks and their No. 1 defense will face the Denver Broncos and their No. 1 offense. For those who watch for alternate forms of entertainment, though, the focus will be on Bruno Mars and the halftime show.
There may be no bigger musical performance of the year than the Super Bowl halftime show, which is why many were surprised when Mars was chosen to be the headliner.
There is no question that he is extremely popular and accomplished as a Grammy Award winner, but he is just 28 years old and only recently had his major breakthrough. In fact, Mars is the youngest halftime performer since 23-year-old Justin Timberlake in 2004, according to Glenn Gamboa of New York Newsday.
Mars figures to appeal to the younger crowd in spades; however, a sizable chunk of the audience may not be overly excited about the performance. Regardless, Mars seems prepared to put on an exciting show as evidenced by this recent tweet:
THE WORLD BETTER PREPARE! pic.twitter.com/621fS4S6l4— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) January 8, 2014
Along with all of the essentials you need to know in terms of when and where to watch Super Bowl XLVIII, here is the latest information about Mars' halftime performance.
Date: Sunday, Feb, 2
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread (Bovada): Denver -3
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Over the past several years, collaborations have become commonplace in the Super Bowl halftime show. That will once again be the case this year, as the official Twitter account of Super Bowl XLVIII recently announced that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join Mars on stage:
The NFL fully realizes that the Super Bowl audience is wide-ranging, so throwing a different genre into the mix obviously makes a lot of sense. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are more established than Mars. They formed back in 1983, and their funky alternative rock style will fittingly provide an alternative sound for those who may not necessarily be big fans of Mars.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the most accomplished bands of the past two decades. Not only were they inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, but they have also combined to win an incredible 20 major awards including six Grammys.
Also, the Red Hot Chili Peppers seemingly appeal more to the typical football fan than Mars, so everyone should be happy. The band, which has churned out hits such as "Aeroplane," "Give It Away," "Can't Stop" and "Under the Bridge," is already endearing itself to football fans.
Drummer Chad Smith tweeted out a photo of his awesome NFL-inspired drum set:
Are u ready for some football?!!! pic.twitter.com/vZ2ZowC2yk— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) January 19, 2014
If nothing else, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' involvement should take a lot of pressure off Mars in terms of trying to please the entire viewing audience.
Potential Set List
Few things in this world are better protected than the set list for the Super Bowl halftime show. Eager fans try to get some type of preview every single year, but it always remains a mystery to the general public until showtime.
Mars already has plenty of hits, particularly for an artist who is still fortifying himself as a musical star. Since he will be limited to roughly 12 minutes, choosing the right songs could become a challenge. In an effort to find out which of Mars' songs his fans most want to see performed, Billboard.com took a poll.
According to the poll, "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure," "Gorilla," "Just the Way You Are" and "Grenade" are the top choices. Perhaps that poll will have some type of influence on Mars' decision, but he also has to consider how the songs flow as well as the time constraints that he'll be under.
There are no guarantees, but it's probably safe to assume that "Locked Out of Heaven" will be part of the set due to its involvement in Pepsi's commercial promoting the halftime show:
Aside from that, it is essentially a crapshoot. Betting outlet Bovada has placed odds on the potential song choices to kick off the performance, and this is how the pecking order shakes out:
|Locked Out of Heaven||3-1|
|Just the Way You Are||6-1|
|The Lazy Song||10-1|
The only people who know for sure what songs will be played are Mars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the show's organizers, but viewers simply can't wait to find out.
Bruno Mars Prop Bets
Which song do you think Bruno Mars will perform first?
In addition to odds for which songs Mars will perform, Bovada has prop bets for a number of different things regarding the halftime show. No event is more exciting to bet upon on a yearly basis than the Super Bowl, and it isn't much of a stretch to say that people can bet on essentially anything they can think of.
Many are wondering whether or not Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform a duet of sorts. The oddsmakers seem to believe that they will with a minus-300 line (1-3 odds) being placed on it.
A bet can even be made on Mars' headwear. The fedora is a signature look for Mars, so it has been installed as the favorite at minus-160 (5-8). Bettors can also take a gamble on Mars wearing a fur hat, a tuque or no headwear at all if they so choose.
Of course, none of these things are more than educated guesses, but the oddsmakers have a funny way of being right more often than not. With that in mind, perhaps they have the inside track when it comes to predicting some crucial parts of Mars' performance.
Whatever the case, Mars seems excited about the opportunity, as evidenced by this comment in a recent interview with the Associated Press: (h/t The Star-Ledger):
When we got that phone call, again, what do you say? 'Nah.' What do you say? 'Absolutely. Let's rock.' It was something exciting for me and my (band). It wasn't too long ago when we were performing in clubs and bars and pubs, and even when I put (my first) album out, (we were) opening acts for a bunch of different artists, living in a van and traveling around and kind of putting in the work and time. It might seem fast to the outsider looking in, but you know, it's just another thing we can celebrate and I feel like as a group we all achieved it together. You know, performing on TV and stuff, whatever the NFL saw they dug it and that's why we got the call.
If nothing else, Super Bowl viewers can take to the bank the fact that Mars will give it his all when he takes the stage at MetLife Stadium.
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