The death of the Super Bowl halftime show
The Super Bowl halftime show used to be considered one of the biggest music events of the year. One or multiple artists were given the chance to create a flashy musical performance and perform in the middle of one of the most watched television events each year. But recently, not so much. The days of famous Super Bowl halftime shows, like the ones featuring Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and Madonna seem to be coming to an end.
This year the public watched the NFL struggle to search for a halftime artist to play. This was due to the league's recent bad reputation when it comes to race issues and the Colin Kaepernick situation. The NFL eventually landed on Maroon 5 with guest performances from Travis Scott and Big Boi.
On game day, Maroon 5 gave an absolutely abysmal performance. Widely panned by most social media posts and publications I've seen, the band's show was even more boring than its music is. Travis Scott and Big Boi were very under utilized. Travis Scott did one verse of his breakout hit "Sicko Mode" while Adam Levine awkwardly danced alongside. Big Boi had a similarly small performance.
Although the Super Bowl halftime shows aren't necessarily supposed to be musical masterpieces, they have been much better before. Lady Gaga gave a very technologically impressive performance in 2017, beginning with her being lowered down into the stadium. Katy Perry's show in 2015 was both entertaining and full of meme potential (remember the Left Shark memes?) Beyoncé gave an incredible performance with Destiny's Child in 2013, and returned to save Coldplay's show in 2016 from being a snooze. And, in one of the best shows in the last decade, Madonna put on a musical circus alongside LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Cee Lo Green in 2012.
I hope that the NFL finds a way to bring back the magic of the Super Bowl halftime show. It has always been a fun event to view and critique with family and friends at a yearly Super Bowl party. But, if the NFL can't fix its relations with artists, or do a better job planning, this may be it for America's favorite concert.
Tate Ericson is a senior at Wilsonville High School.
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