While the football action might not have been exciting in the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Bruno Mars brought out fireworks for his halftime performance.
Things kicked off with a children’s choir singing “Billionaire,” a 2010 track by Travie McCoy that was cowritten by and features Mars. Midway through the song, Mars appeared on a drum kit and banged out a killer beat as the drum riser moved through the crowd on a track. Once Mars jumped on stage, he was flanked by his amazing band, with everyone decked out in black slacks and a gold jackets for the smash single “Locked Out of Heaven.”
Mars segued into the funky soul stomper “Treasure” and a racy version of “Runaway Baby” before he was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers for their timeless hit “Give It Away.” The epic mashup had everyone in the packed MetLife Stadium jumping with excitement.
But to put a personal stamp on the Super Bowl showcase, Mars went solo for a grand finale. As Mars stood alone on a platform in the middle of the field, clips of members of the Armed Forces sending message to their families played while he sang the emotional “Just the Way You Are.” With real fireworks exploding over the venue, Mars truly commanded a spotlight that was viewed by an estimated 100 million people.
Click here for a photo gallery of the event and watch the full performance in the video below.