It was reported upon speculation yesterday, but now it’s official: Bruno Mars will be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next year on Feb. 2.
The official announcement came moments before the NFL season’s first Sunday games began, but since we’ve had a day or so to digest this information, it’s time to start wondering what it all means.
For one thing, Mars will be the youngest performer in recent years to helm the world’s most-watched musical event. The past decade’s list of main acts have included Beyoncé, Prince, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul McCartney — all of whom have had slightly-to-significantly more experience than the 27-year-old Mars. (He’ll be 28 by next February.)
Plus, Mars only has two albums so far to cull songs from; most performers have much more of a back catalog to pick through. (His second record, Unorthodox Jukebox, dropped last December.) Of course, he’s not short on radio hits — from “Grenade” to “When I Was Your Man,” he’s got plenty of surefire crowd-pleasers to choose from. Yet the announcement also allows speculation as to whether he might release new music by then, giving him something further to promote in front of a global stage.
Despite his relative newcomer status, however, no one can deny that Mars is one of pop’s most electric live performers working right now. He’s become famous for his awards-show outings, and given his cuddly, retro-pop appeal, he’s a perfect fit for the massively broad, general audience that the world’s highest-rated event of the year typically commands. Plus, he’ll be on tour all fall, so he’ll have plenty of time to refine his already-stellar live chops.
Besides, as his official Super Bowl announcement video proves, Mars was more or less born for the gig: He’s been singing for crowds since he was at least a 4-year-old. Take a look at the clip below:
And here’s a selection of some of his best recent live performances, to get an idea of what we might expect: