After a roller-coaster ride, the curtain has officially fallen on the 2016 Super Bowl.
Last night’s Pepsi Halftime Show brought many a notable moment (thanks largely to Beyonce and Bruno Mars).
Naturally, attention is now turning to who the NFL should call on to headline next year’s festivities.
We may be a year away, but choices are made much earlier.
Journey with us after the jump as we lay out the top 5 acts we’d like to see scorch the Super Bowl stage in 2017….
How time flies! 16 years have passed since Pink exploded onto the scene and it’s even odder to note that she’s only been receiving her props (commercially) in more recent times.
Whether it’s rope gliding across arena ceilings or soaring to the heavens vocally, Ms. Moore has established herself as one of today’s top performers. She also boasts an endless array of hits. So, from where we’re sitting, the Super Bowl Halftime would be the most fitting of stages for her and one that is deserved.
Mr Raymond’s dance moves may need updating, but there’s no denying his talent or catalogue of smashes.
We’re more than aware that he already joined the Black Eyed Peas during their 2011 performance. But (like the masses) we’ve control, alt, and deleted B.E.P’s tragic showing in its entirety from our memory bank.
For us, Ush can still command a stage and has stadium sized smashes for days. As such, he’d make a solid choice. There’s also a distinct air of his headlining being long overdue. Surely, it’s time?!
3. Jennifer Lopez
Say what folk will about J.Lo’s current chart clout, the fact remains that there isn’t anything that can minimise the slayage that is her stage presence.
She’s more than a performer, she’s an electrifying entertainer. She’s stunning, slick, stylised, and larger than life. Crucially, with her high octane choreography and seasoned command of the stage, she’s made of the material that renders Halftime so memorable.
What’s more, she’s a rarity in that she is literally beasting the stage better with each passing year. Like, at 46, she’s turning in performances that her 36-year-old self wasn’t and the 26 year old girls can’t. Swag!
Just the thought of 70,000 people turning up to ‘On The Floor’ (together with the 100 million plus at home) has us salivating.
2. Lady Gaga
Facts are facts and, regardless of career challenges, Mother Monster stands as one of today’s top entertainers.
Currently in the midst of a captivating comeback, how epic would it to see the star’s return climax with an explosive showing at Halftime 2017?! She’s more than capable.
The 29-year-old may be reeling-in her crazy these days, but “outlandish” (no matter how refined now) is still a large part of her schtick.
Indeed, she’s one of the few equipped with the ability to bring both extravagance and talent to the Super Bowl stage. Importantly, she also has the hits.
1) Janet Jackson
Yes, you read right.
At this junction, it’s almost redundant to outline what took place on that fateful day in 2004. It’s etched in the history books. In permanent pen.
But that was then and this is now.
So much time has passed (12 years to be precise) and it grates because it’s as if the legend of what happened actually holds more weight more than what actually transpired. Even more bothersome is the reality that the very thing that caused the furore would these days be social media fodder for all of 24 hours (if even that).
Regardless of which side the Super Bowl 04 fallout one sits on, the truth for all involved is that there is an opportunity here. A big one.
“Janet Jackson” returning to Halftime would be headline news and ensure viewers tuned in – fans and critics, as well as those just utterly fascinated to see it actually…happening.
Any such performance would have to be entertaining yet tame. The principal upside is that it’d serve as a full circle moment for Janet and the NFL. Above all else, it’d no doubt be a ratings touchdown too – which is the most important factor.
Over the last few years, there have been two huge marketing opportunities to action such a showing- both of which were missed. The first being 2014, ten years after the original and 2016, the Bowl’s 50th anniversary).
As such, for 2017, we say…book it!
[Note: Though billed as the headliner in 04, Janet only performed three songs as she shared the slot with Nelly, Diddy, and Kid Rock. Our pick above would be for a full performance]
What do you think of our picks?!