With the help of Bruno Mars and Beyonce, Coldplay wowed fans inside Levi's Stadium during the halftime show of Super Bowl 50.
The game itself is always the biggest draw of the Super Bowl, but after a less than inspiring first half between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers, the halftime show was a welcome respite and added some energy back to the evening.
Beyonce certainly wins for best entrance. NFL on CBS captured "Queen B" in all her grandeur:
THE QUEEN BEY. pic.twitter.com/6nJCJfLDpC— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 8, 2016
Her distinctive outfit was a tribute to another past performer, per Zellie Imani:
Just in case you were wondering, Beyonce is still a better dancer than you:
Even when Beyonce messes up, she manages to make it look natural and never loses a step. SB Nation's Rodger Sherman highlighted a part of the performance in which she nearly took a tumble but quickly regained her bearings:
Neither Bruno Mars nor Beyonce is a stranger to the halftime show, with each performer having headlined the event in the past. For the NFL on NBC, the absence of another halftime show legend was glaring:
The announcement Beyonce would be taking part in the halftime proceedings arguably overshadowed Coldplay being the headliner, which Deadspin's Drew Magary joked about:
"Hey Coldplay can you play your three famous songs in forty seconds so we can get to the REAL musicians"— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) February 8, 2016
Janelle Monae also helped introduce the halftime show with a pre-taped segment, much to the chagrin of Bleacher Report's Michael Tanier:
So, Janelle Monae just did the intro and that's it? pic.twitter.com/KKX92m8CrP— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) February 8, 2016
When Mars, Beyonce and Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin all converged on the main stage at once, it made for one of the more unintentionally entertaining visuals in the halftime show. Martin almost had to fight for camera space in his own show, which BuzzFeed's Hayes Brown captured in this snapshot:
Ugh this is the most unfortunate photobomb ever pic.twitter.com/dtxZhVndpl— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) February 8, 2016
Actress Anna Kendrick shared the overall sentiment:
Even Chris Martin is like, what am I doing here?— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 8, 2016
If you look hard enough, you can see the entire performance in this time-lapse video from the NFL:
One group was undoubtedly less than enthused with the halftime show: the Levi's Stadium groundskeepers. The playing surface was a problem all throughout the first half, and stadium personnel worked feverishly in order to repair any damage done by the performance stage and those who took part in the show, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessee Titans' official website:
The halftime show won't go down as one of the most memorable in Super Bowl history, but Coldplay fans were likely more than satisfied with what they got, and Mars and Beyonce appealed to those who weren't enthralled by the British band.