There were a few minor glitches here and there and some slight controversy about whether M.I.A. flashed a gesture, but in sum total Madonna's powerful Super Bowl halftime medley of hits will rank with the best halftime shows. Her performance did not disappoint.
Madonna kicked off the 12 minute extravaganza with eye-filling spectacle being pulled on to the field by a team of muscular gladiators to perform "Vogue." She was joined by acrobatic dancers for the hit "Music" before an interlude with LMFAO for segments of their #1 smash hits "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It." Cheerleaders with gold pom poms framed the performance of Madonna's new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and guests Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.. It was during this segment some believed M.I.A. flipped off the camera, but if it did occur, it was very brief. The closing segment reminded us all of the majesty of some of Madonna's most timeless songs when she was joined by a marching band, Cee Lo Green, and ultimately a gospel choir for a medley of "Open Your Heart," "Express Yourself," and "Like a Prayer." Finally, as Madonna disappeared in a puff of smoke the football glowed with lights spelling out "World Peace."
The fact that there seemed a few glitches and a few near stumbles mostly just made the whole Super Bowl performance a bit more human and at times intimate. Madonna clearly knows how to put on a show and please her audience. She even managed to weave football themes into the mix. This was a Super Bowl halftime show to remember.
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