The Super Bowl is one of the best times of the year for sports fans – for the most avid football fans, the pregame excitement is on par with Christmas morning. But, even those of us who are less sports-inclined can appreciate the talent and dazzle of the yearly halftime show.
The 2020 Super Bowl is coming up, and that means another star-studded halftime show is just around the corner. Here, we’ll give you the low-down of what to expect from this year’s performance and reminisce about our favorite shows from recent years.
The Best Halftime Shows From Years Past
Over the years, many of the world’s biggest stars have taken the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show. Here are some of our favorite performances from recent years
In 2017, Lady Gaga headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Texas. She melded a handful of her top hits (including “Poker Face”, “Born This Way”, “Telephone”, and “Just Dance”) with one of her newest songs, “Joanne”. The out-of-this-world choreography paired with exceptional vocals made for a performance that cemented Gaga’s musical legacy.
The 2016 Super Bowl halftime show in Santa Clara, California starred British band Coldplay with special appearances from Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. At the time, Beyoncé had just released the song “Formation”, and her performance of the track at Super Bowl LI brought fans across the world to their feet. Together with Bruno Mars, Beyoncé used this enormous national platform to bring black culture into the spotlight, making this halftime show one of the decade’s most memorable.
For Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, Katy Perry hit the halftime stage in Glendale, Arizona with ultra-catchy hits including “Roar”, “Firework”, and “Dark Horse”. She paired up with Lenny Kravitz for an evocative take on “I Kissed A Girl”, continuing with playful originals “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream”. Missy Elliott, however, stepped into the limelight with a mega-hit medley including “Get Ur Freak On” and “Lose Control”. All in all, the show left viewers thoroughly entertained, likely with a Katy Perry hit (or the story of the backup dancer known as “Left Shark”) stuck in their heads.
What We’ll See At The 2020 Halftime Show
This year’s Super Bowl will take place in Miami, with super stars Shakira and Jennifer Lopez set to take the stage. Miami’s large and vibrant Hispanic community make the choice of two iconic Latina musicians the perfect fit for this halftime performance. Also, neither pop artist has performed at the Super Bowl before, adding an extra layer of anticipation for their hour-long set.
Jennifer Lopez has been leading the world of pop since her 1999 debut album, On the 6, dominated the charts. Hailing from The Bronx, New York, Lopez quickly gained stardom with her singing, dancing, and acting chops, starring in various TV shows and films over the years. She’s created countless pop hits including “On The Floor”, “Let’s Get Loud”, and “Waiting For Tonight”.
Shakira is a Colombian-born singer, songwriter, and dancer. Her Latina roots heavily inspire her music – she’s even become the most successful Colombian musical artist in history. Hits like “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”, and “Waka Waka” are mainstays in Shakira’s performances. This year, Shakira’s birthday falls on the Super Bowl, adding an extra bit of festivity to what is already certain to be a spectacular event.
Shakira and Jennifer Lopez have both noted their pride in the opportunity to represent the Latin-American community at this year’s Super Bowl performance. With the lively city of Miami as their backdrop, these iconic pop singers are sure to bring the fireworks at halftime.
You can tune into the Super Bowl halftime show at approximately 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time on February 2nd. We’re on the edge of our seats to see these pop superstars perform – be sure not to miss it.