Bruno Mars to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars has sold out arenas on his “Moonshine Jungle World Tour,” and now he’s gearing up to play for his largest audience yet. The R&B crooner will headline next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Mars is expected to perform at Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on February 2, 2014.

An official announcement could come as early as Sunday. An NFL spokesman would not confirm the report, but did joke that Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus have been ruled out as performers.

Past Super Bowl headliners have included Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, and Beyoncé, who performed at last year’s halftime show in New Orleans.

Mars, whose sophomore album Unorthodox Jukebox has been certified platinum, wrapped the U.S. leg of his tour earlier this month and will head to Europe on Oct. 2.

UPDATE: Bruno has been officially announced as the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLVIII. Watch the teaser below.

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65 Comments

  1. Heather

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!

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    ? Reply:

    @Heather, No, No, No

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Heather, I love Bruno Mars and consider him to be one of the most talented young artists out right now. I think the committee for the super bowl had the right intentions, I mean coming off of back to back years of 2 powerful, beautiful, strong & talented women (Madonna & Beyoncé) I’m ready to have some male energy for the half time show. But Bruno? Really? Bon Jovi, Coldplay, Kings of Leon … anyone would have been better than this choice. Let’s think about it, what is Bruno going to do … sit on a stool & sing either love songs or songs of angst for 13 minutes? I’ve yet to see a performance from Bruno of one of his up-tempo songs & thought WOW! I really hoped it would be Justin Timberlake but he’ll be on the European leg of his tour then. Some of these names being tosses around (Miley, Britney, Rihanna, Katy … NO, you have to be a performer not a spectacle). Maybe one day, we’ll get a hip hop headliner … old school meets new school like Jay & Ye then bring out Drake & Kendrick.

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  2. Gino

    Should of been Miley Cyrus

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    ? Reply:

    @Gino, Should have been Britney Spears.

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  3. JHP

    I like Bruno so this is cool I guess, I would’ve rather it been Justin Timberlake actually. Just without Janet this time lol. Really I wish a rapper would headline the superbowl for once, Jay-Z, Kanye, or Eminem would be epic, but I know that probably won’t happen.

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  4. Nick

    Call me a hater, but I predict if it is Bruno it’ll be the lowest ratings a halftime show had in a long time. He has hits yes, but what is he going to bring to the table? He’s not a performer like Madonna or Beyonce are.

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    Adrian Reply:

    @Nick, #NoLiesDetected

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    Hmmm Reply:

    @Nick, performers like Madonna and Beyonce? Don’t put Madonna where Beyonce is. She is no where close in regards as performing ability. However, I see your point. After Beyonces performance it’s going to be really hard for anyone else

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    ? Reply:

    @Hmmm, For your information unlike Beyoncé Madonna is a legend so watch what you say.

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @?, sweetie, Beyonce is a legend in the making. just ask Madonna, since she is one of the first people to ever say that about Beyonce.

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    prince of pop Reply:

    @Hmmm, listen hun … madonna is one of the greatist performers dead or alive… thats her strongest point…. beyonce is iconic in many ways but madonna was the first …….. dont under estimate Madonna the Queen of Pop … Chill with that…. lol now u dont put rihanna and beyonce in one sentence talkin about great performers…

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    hmmm Reply:

    @prince of pop, @? I’m not talking about who was first or who is legend. I’m talking performance ability. The difference in their performing ability is drastic and their Superbowl performances are indicative of this. One was lip synched, stunt based, barely had any dancing. The other had hardcore dancing, pitch perfect vocals, and performance based. Beyonce is the epitome of raw talent. This is the honest truth

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  5. me

    they never gonna make a rapper headline

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  6. Natasha

    Bruno is cool and all but he’s not an established artist or performer. He’s had tons of hits but not established enough in the industry. I say JAY Z, Kanye, Eminem, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, ADELE, Coldplay, or even Rihanna.

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  7. Lilix

    Oh nooo! He is good but not a GREAT pergormer like madonna or Beyonce in the past. He is a little BORING for me. Sorry but I don’t think I will watch.

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  8. Trey

    I really like Bruno and his music, but I dont think he has enough material yet for the Superbowl halftime show. Most of the artists who perform at the Superbowl are generally established, and I think Bruno is still establishing. So maybe in a few years, but not now personally.

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  9. 2bad2bme

    The most overrated artist in the game… He makes good music but it’s so redundant that it gets annoying

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  10. BabyI

    lmao, if it’s true it’s gonna be such a snoozefest. sorry peter!

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  11. d

    this dudes music has never ever excited me. this dude is mad boring. id rather see someone up there i dont care for but has mad stage presence such as like… katy perry. at least it would be entertaining. this would be a huge mistake.

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    Grant Reply:

    @d, You have absolutely no notion of what true talent is ….

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    Guest Reply:

    @Grant, he has talent but that doesn’t mean he can put on the best shows. This is like putting adele on the super bowl!

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  12. innocencelost

    Ehhh idk about this. I like him, but I don’t think he’s established enough to headline the Superbown. I mean, Prince, Madonna, Beyonce were all at legend status when they took the stage.

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  13. Fico

    What? Really?! I mean i like him and a but for a halftime show?! Errrrrrrr No. They shoulda stuck wit the rumour we heard last year about JLO. NOW SHE WULDA SHUT IT DOWN. Everyone knows shes a performer and would of done a great ass job at it. I know i wont be watchin it this year. -_- #JLOFORSUPERBOWL

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  14. TRP

    I don’t think he has been making music, as far as releasing solo albums long enough for him to headline the Half Time Show. I mean, he has hit singles no doubt about it but it should be someone who has a career full of selections. Someone who has been relevant for a long time, and or can be deemed LEGENDS. I don’t see this being worth watching, unless he brings out several special guests….
    After seeing JT’s performance at the MTV Awards, I’d have to say he should do it…even Jigga.

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  15. Sushi

    This boy needs MAJOR help, if he’s going to perform at the Super Bowl. He’s gotta get everyone pumped, with his music, and performance. I mean.. when I think of Bruno Mars, music, and pumped up? I think.. No. When I think of Bruno Mars and music, I think of sway.

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  16. channel_ROMAN

    I like him but he’s boring and doesn’t have enough badges on his jacket to be performing at Super Bowl. Could’ve given it to Coldplay or Alicia Keys.

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  17. CHRIS

    Nope. He doesn’t have enough ARENA FILLING HITS. He makes elavator music and lounge tunes.
    People who could have that slot instead and will actually BRING RATINGS (whether you like it or not):
    RIHANNA
    KATY PERRY
    LADY GAGA
    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

    and that’s about it. Maybe P!NK if she was a bit more relevant.

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    Truth Be Told Reply:

    @CHRIS, Pink is on her sold out world tour, thats pretty fucking relevant to me.

    Also Bruno Mars is on his SOLD OUT world tour ‘The Moonshine Jungle Tour’ soooo he has plenty of ‘arena filling hits’.

    I’m pretty sure he’ll have no problem brining in the ratings.

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  18. F

    To anyone saying that Bruno Mars isn’t a good performer you obviously have never been to one of his concerts. Perez Hilton and many others have said his tour concert was better than BEYONCE. He’s truly on of the best performers ever. And he will be a legend. This is just one step closer

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @F, child bye! perez doesn’t like beyonce since she refused to comment on something stupid he said & then 6 months later he (perez) tries to get Kelly to introduce him to beyonce but she refused. in a word, perez is SALTY! Bruno is very talented but he is NOT super bowl halftime worthy, at least not yet. Madonna had the highest ratings followed by beyonce but there have been other greats to the performance that didn’t score huge ratings like prince, Diana ross. I don’t know what (if anything) Bruno could pull out to make his show even half as interesting as his predecessors.

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  19. F

    HE WAS CHOSEN TO PERFORM BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS HE’S ON HIS WAY TO BECOMING A LEGEND. And he deserves it. He’s so talented live and his fun and unique style will bring a lot of ratings

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  20. LovingLife

    Are some of you people serious? Rihanna and even worse Katy Perry should be HEADLINING the SB? GTFO They may make good radio music but neither one of them are good enough performers nor vocalist to deserve that slot and promo. Now I don’t see bruno as the performing type but he is a talented artist and while I think they should have somebody else perform (preferably p!nk) he is by far better than the names flying around on this post. The fact that people think commercial success = you deserve to perform at the SB is why the music industry is in the toilet. So sad. I hope it’s somebody else who is actually a TALENTED performer and singer but at the end of the day I’m not going to count bruno out if he does book it.

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    Jessica Reply:

    @LovingLife, The thing is bruno does have huge commercial success that people claim their faves have and so they deserve it more than him, the 70M records he sold WW in just three years did come from somewhere. It’s just bruno isn’t as big of a celebrity as the others and so people ignore him saying he’s not big enough. But he has been dominating the Radio with huge hits for the last 3 years and has already ranked up 5#1′s on Billboard Hot 100 and he’s heading for his second 2xplatinum album in the US.

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    LovingLife Reply:

    @Jessica, Wow didn’t even know he had that much commercial success but even if he didn’t have all of that he is still 20x more worthy of headlining then some of the people being mentioned in this post. The dude is actually talented and it’s about time that people with the actual talent started getting the gigs that they deserve. I would much rather seem him or p!nk perform than a lot of these untalented cash cows being named on this post.

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  21. bibi93

    Can’t wait

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  22. Jessica

    Just like people doubted his ability to host SNL and yet he proved them wrong. Real fans of bruno know what he’s capable of doing. He will prove everyone wrong. Bruno is by far one of the most talented performers out there, and deserves to get more recognition.

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  23. Deejay

    Wait what??? 0_o why? I mean dude can sing
    But he has yet to make an iconic memorable album, he’s great at singing live but he’s not a big enough spectacle to hold an audience as big as the Super Bowl. And of all the major people who could have performed that have been established in the industry for so long they picked him??? I’m so confused. How do you go from Beyonce to Bruno Mars? Doesn’t even sound right.

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    Guest Reply:

    @Deejay, agree 100%

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  24. Raven-Symone

    Ciara should perform… Lol

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    karamelkisses Reply:

    @Raven-Symone, who?

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  25. Kyle

    Bruno Mars is an interesting pick for a Superbowl halftime performer. He has only been around since 2010. I’ve seen some of his performances though and I’m sure he will put on a great show. I’m sure he knows he has a lot to live up to with this so at least he has 5 months to plan an epic show.

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  26. .

    He can perform live but he can’t put on a SHOW unlike what past acts have done. Just because he’s popular right now doesn’t mean he should be there. They need a real music act not a singer.

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  27. TRA

    I have mixed feelings about Bruno Mars performing at the NFL Super Bowl in 2014. I am very happy that Bruno Mars is getting the opportunity to show people that he is a talented singer and performer, I believe Bruno Mars is one of the best singers in the music industry, but at the same time, I feel that more music artists were far more deserving of performing at the NFL Super Bowl in 2014 than Bruno Mars. I give Bruno Mars a lot of credit for winning Grammy Awards, being nominated for Grammy Awards, making 2 platinum-selling albums, getting commerical success, critical acclaim, and having 5 Number 1 hit singles on the Billboard Top 100. There were a couple of great performers who came to my mind that I believe are way better performers than Bruno Mars.

    Kanye West who has won 21 Grammy Awards, made 5 platinum-selling albums, and achieved critical acclaim is arguably the best performer and best music artist of his generation, he should had gotten a chance to perform at the Super Bowl before Bruno Mars got his chance to perform at the Super Bowl. Jay-Z who has won 17 Grammy Awards, made 13 platinum-selling albums, achieved critical acclaim, and is arguably the best performer and best music artist of his generation should had gotten the chance to perform at the Super Bowl years ago. Eminem, Justin Timberlake, Adele, Pink, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, and Lady GaGa are great music artists, and great performers who would had been a great fit to perform at the Super Bowl.

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  28. G-STAR

    no kanye. since white people dont like his attitude on stage. and millions will be watching. especially KIDS! lol

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  29. ♪►Muzzac◄♪

    I like Bruno but… I hope this isn’t true, that will be so boring! Why not get Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, or Britney Spears so she can do her own thing?

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    Jack Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪, Not you mentioning pop girls, are you serious Nicki, Rihanna, and Katy, bruno is by far more talented as a live performer and is worthy of such a performance. I don’t think the general public will be more excited watching these girls performing half naked and having vocal problems. Gaga is too weird and her popularity & likability have been decreasing lately, and I don’t Britney can still dance like she used to, I mean it’s all she has since she’s not that much of a singer.

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    ♪►Muzzac◄♪ Reply:

    @Jack, Even if you feel that way about them, they are still wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more entertaining to watch than him.

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    Jack Reply:

    @♪►Muzzac◄♪, According to their obsessed fans but not normal people and casual viewers who will be watching, and bruno does have the hits to keep people entertained. He already ranked up 11th top 10 singles on Billboard Hot 100 in just three years, add to that his performing skills and strong voice. He can do it.

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  30. NOLA Navy

    The way y’all acting, you would think they picked a bum off the street. FYI Bruno has a large audience he just doesn’t sit on Twitter and Instagram bragging about it. Also he can put on a show. His tour is sold out and has gotten great reviews. Also I hope none of y’all expected Justin Timberlake to hit that stage even with all the payola media attention he’s getting. He still has the stain of pulling off Janet’s shirt last time they invited him and that cost the company ALOT of money.

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  31. £ucky

    He has an amazing voice and he’s good, but he is way to boring and I don’t think he would get the crowd hype enough. The only song that people will cheer on is Locked Out Of Heaven, but the rest of his music is boring.

    They should’ve picked…

    P!nk
    Alicia Keys
    Nicki Minaj
    Justin Timberlake
    Rihanna
    Lady Gaga
    Usher
    Chris Brown
    Katy Perry
    Britney Spears

    Bruno you’re good, but you are just boring!

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    Oceans To Be Frank Reply:

    @£ucky, Why is Nicki Minaj, Genric Perry on this list, no… usher isn’t really relevant, nor is A-Keys and Britney would have just walking around miming. They would never give that to CB, even though he would kill it.

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    Jessica Reply:

    @£ucky, Lol, Nicki Minaj,Katy Perry and Chris Brown. They can’t even carry out a 3 minutes decent live performance and you expect them to perform a 15 minutes set. Usher & Alicia are kinda irrelevant right now, Rihanna doesn’t have the good reputation, the same goes for Gaga. Britney can’t dance her ass off for 15 minutes like she used to and her dancing steps lately have been heavy and slow, JT has already did it and caused Super Bowl a lot of money after what he did to Janet. P!nk is great but I don’t think they were interested in bringing another female to perform.

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  32. NOLA Navy

    Why did y’all delete my comment bitches?

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  33. Aa

    What with all the hate Bruno mars is by far a talented Artists and u lot are complaining and arguing that rihanna or nicki Minaj should headline SB yeah they make good music but Bruno mars is a way better performer than all them aritsts .u lot should check his concert videos He can dance and has amazing vocals however I don’t think he can top beyonce performance I think people are still hyped about that performance I hope he has a surprise in store like bring a legend to perform with him or surprise guests

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  34. Liquorice

    MAHFFAKIN BYE.

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  35. Hugh

    Woo hoo

    Im seeing him live after then

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  36. JD

    He’s one of the people I really wanna see live this year.

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  41. Jazmine

    He is so boring.

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  42. Anonymous

    Eminem is the best selling artist of their generation @TRA

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  43. Paul

    So why Justin and not Janet #justsaying

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