Will Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers outdo Bruce Springsteen's camera crotch, Michael Jackson's motionless minute, Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" or Diana Ross' high-flying exit? THR looks back at the most memorable halftime moments -- for better or for worse.
Whether or not the musician's show-stopping spectacle was what actually caused the blackout in New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Beyonce pleasantly surprised viewers with the televised reunion of Destiny's Child. After performing a string of her top hits, fellow girl group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped onstage, dressed in variations of Beyonce's all-black ensemble -- the trio's signature look.
Madonna's cheerleader-filled Super Bowl set sent censorship groups ablaze when M.I.A. flipped the bird onstage at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green and LMFAO also accompanied the Material Girl, who performed with acrobats from Cirque du Soleil.
Bruce Springsteen (2009)
Bruce Springsteen hit Tampa's Raymond James Stadium stage with his E Street band during his Super Bowl set -- literally. Before rocking out to "Born to Run," "Working on a Dream" and "Glory Days," the Boss slammed into a TV camera with his crotch during his kickoff number, "10th Avenue Freeze Out."
After playing a phallic-shaped guitar throughout his set of covers and hits, Prince closed his halftime performance at Miami Gardens' Sun Life Stadium with his hit, "Purple Rain" -- coincidentally, just as it began to rain.
Janet Jackson (2004)
Janet Jackson shared Houston's Reliant Stadium stage with Diddy, Nelly, Kid Rock and Justin Timberlake, but her Super Bowl halftime set will always be remembered as the "wardrobe malfunction" show, when the singer's breast was bared during Timberlake's "Rock Your Body" hit.
U2 headlined the Super Bowl halftime show after the Sept. 11 attacks, bringing the heart-shaped stage from their Elevation tour to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The names of the tragedy's victims scrolled behind the band as they played "Where the Streets Have No Name," and Bono revealed his jacket's patriotic-print lining.
'N Sync, Aerosmith (2001)
Genres blended at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium when Aerosmith and 'N Sync alternated their hits alongside Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. The memorable halftime set kicked off with a pre-recorded skit featuring Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
Diana Ross (1996)
After performing a medley of her top hits -- complete with four costume changes -- Diana Ross made a memorable exit from the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Supremes breakout fled the scene via helicopter to the sounds of her "Take Me Higher" single.
Patti LaBelle (1995)
Patti LaBelle's Disney-sponsored Super Bowl set was themed "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye," meaning that she took the Miami Gardens' Joe Robbie Stadium stage with fictional characters Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood. The songstress also performed with Tony Bennett, Teddy Pendergrass, Arturo Sandoval and the Miami Sound Machine.
Michael Jackson (1993)
Michael Jackson's Super Bowl set was filled with stellar dancing, pyrotechnics and philanthropic messages -- as the majority of his career's performances were -- but for approximately a minute and 13 seconds, the singer stood motionless onstage at Pasadena's Rose Bowl. The King of Pop's performance closed with his "Heal the World" song, featuring 3,500 children and a blow-up globe on the 50-yard line.
New Kids on the Block (1991)
While the Super Bowl stepped up their set-list game by booking chart-topper New Kids on the Block to sing at Tampa Stadium, ABC cut away from its halftime show's live coverage to broadcast an update on the Iraq War. The boy band's performance -- which featured Disney's "It's a Small World" -- aired after the NFL champion was crowned.
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