No official word yet from the NFL, but the rumor mill is definitely a-spinning. The LA Times reports that up-and-coming pop superstar Bruno Mars is expected to be tapped for the coveted halftime show slot at Super Bowl XLVIII next February. Reuters reports that Mars’s manager is confirming the expectation. An official announcement is expected later today.
If the rumors turn out to be true, Mars would join an elite roster of alumni who have done the honors, including Beyoncé, U2, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Of further significance is the fact that Mars may have this opportunity so early into his career; the halftime show slot is typically relegated to performers who have already achieved icon status.
While Bruno Mars, 27, only released his sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox earlier this year, he has already earned a stellar reputation for his stage presence as a live performer, which may have played a role in his being tapped for Super Bowl XLVIII. He has wowed audiences at sold-out shows during his tour this summer, and he has won further marks for his performances on prime-time shows like the Grammys and, more recently, the MTV VMA awards. His on-stage charisma has been frequently compared to the likes of Michael Jackson or Elvis, both of whom he has cited as influences. He has already released an array of notable hits such as “Grenade,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “Just the Way You Are” and “When I Was Your Man.”
Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to take place at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on February 2, 2014.
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