Last Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII will long be remembered not only because the Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos, 43-8, but also because of Bruno Mars’ outstanding halftime performance. In fact, it currently is the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance in history.
In a report that came out last Monday, February 3, Fox announced that Bruno Mars’ halftime performance attracted the largest audience in the history of Super Bowl, 115.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data. This figure surpassed the record set by Madonna two years ago, which was 114 million, as well as Beyonce’s 110.8 million viewers from last year. Incidentally, the matchup between the Seahawks and the Broncos also saw the largest viewing audience in history – 111.5 million.
Many are speculating as to why Mars’ performance was such a hit. There could be many reasons why 115.3 million stayed glued to their televisions even during halftime. It could be his awesome drum solo as a way to kick off the halftime show. It could also be the amped-up takes on his hits “Locked out of Heaven”, “Treasure”, and “Runaway Baby”. On the other hand, it might have been his mid-performance split. Of course, we’re not discounting the fact that it might have been due to the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ shirtless cameo.
Things really got rocking as soon as Red Hot Chili Peppers joined Bruno Mars onstage. He sang Give it Away with RHCP lead singer Anthony Kiedis, executed awesome James Brown dance moves, and rocked Police riffs. Quite honestly, the 28-year-old multiple Grammy Award winner could have passed as a rock star if it hadn’t been for his gold jacket and signature hairdo. Mars concluded his halftime performance with his hit ballad, “Just the Way You Are”.
It seems there really is no stopping Bruno Mars. Just a day after his outstanding performance, his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox reclaimed the number 1 spot on iTunes. To think that just last month, he bested the likes of Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke and took home the Best Pop Vocal Album award at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Watching his performance was like a reminder of his recent concert in October – Moonshine Jungle Tour….yes, it was like a concert I kept laughing when I saw a meme that says, “Apparently, there was a football game at the Bruno Mars concert.” ^_^
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