XLVI halftime show: Like no other, or just another?
By Julian Parker
On Sunday, the international icon simply known as Madonna will be the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime performance in Indianapolis, having a few tough acts to follow.
Madonna is known for her dramatic and extravagant performances, but will she be able to pull another one out or be another forgettable halftime show?
When asked to reveal details about the performance itself, ABC News reported Madonna would only admit that she’s performing “three old songs and one new one,” her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin.”
After the infamous Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004, it seems that the Super Bowl Commission darted towards conservative – and underwhelming – performers, such as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and The Who.
The featured artists have gradually become more contemporary, with The Black Eyed Peas being the last to tack the stage. Entertainment Weekly said that the last outstanding performance was in 2007, when Prince gave Super Bowl viewers one of the best guitar solos played in a halftime show – while in a torrential downpour.
Although Madonna wishes to keep guest star appearances a secret, it has been speculated that female-rapper Nicki Minaj will join the pop diva on stage. With Minaj’s most recent video, “Stupid H**,” being taken off BET airways, the joint forces of acclaimed divas would promise a memorable halftime show.
Hampton University senior psychology major Kai’la Medley, said a local radio personality reported that not only Minaj, but Will I. Am as well will be making a guest appearance. Medley said that the halftime show would be “very diverse,” while the past shows have been, “very lame.”
From wearing underwear outside of her clothes to her fifth album entitled “Erotica,” or even her graphic book named “Sex,” Madonna is known as a sex symbol and for her risqué persona. Madonna’s more recent and most notable performance was on MTV’s Video Music Awards, highlighted by French kissing Brittney Spears.
It is reasonable to expect another spectacle or public display of affection; however, when asked by a reporter at the NFL pre-Super Bowl news conference Thursday if her act would have any comparison to Janet Jackson’s performance Madonna said, “There will be no wardrobe malfunctions, promise.”
On the Hampton University campus, junior architecture major Sam Morgan said “it doesn’t matter, I’m more interested in the game; but to attract attention to the game, she’s an OK person to have.”
Freshman biology major Kelly Webster said, “I guess she’s a pop legend, so I guess it will be good.”
“I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much as I have,” explained Madonna, “maintaining my sanity and trying to make the most amazing show.”
The writer is a student at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications