Super Bowl XLIX Halftime: The Real Show

Katy Perry Glimmers but Missy Elliott Steals the Show 

Last night the New England Patriots took on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Sadly, or maybe not so sadly the New England Patriots came out with the win in the final seconds of the game. When I say the final seconds I literally mean in the last 20 seconds they stole the game away (or Seattle gave it away) after a game changing play. I may be a bit disgruntled about the outcome of the game but I digress because what’s most important is what occurred during the halftime show. 

In recent years the Super Bowl halftime show has been a bit yawn worthy when it comes to the entertainment factor. After the 2004 Super Bowl where the infamous “nip slip” occurred the FCC and organizers of the Super Bowl halftime have been very cautious of the acts to perform. In the wake of the mishap the halftime show has been headlined by such acts as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, among others. Now don’t get me wrong they are all great musical acts but not very relevant in today’s music scene. In the most recent years performers have included acts such as Bruno Mars and Beyonce which are both more mainstream but I have to say Katy Perry was among the most flashy when it comes to the creativity and surprise factor which is what Super Bowl halftime should be.

Last night’s performance featured an appearance by rock great Lenny Kravitz who came out to do a rock rendition of Katy’s break out hit “I Kissed a Girl” which was great but it would have been nice to see him do some of his own materials. American Woman anyone?? In the weeks leading up to the game announcements had been made that Lenny would make a special appearance so that was no surprise but what came next no one saw coming. As Katy transitioned out of “California Girls” a tease of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ya Freak On” dropped. Moments later Missy took the stage with Katy and quite possibly stole the show.

How can you be the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show, the biggest stage in the world, and let a surprise performer outdo you? Missy had more energy, better moves (not hating just being honest) and a huge smile throughout her entire performance. I mean after being out of the spotlight for nearly a decade I would be beaming from ear to ear as well. Missy had the energy, the moves, and didn’t need the theatrics to make her show entertaining. She took it back to the days when a performer had to be a performer and not rely on pyrotechnics and theatrics to make a show great. So if you ask me Katy Perry glimmered (or maybe it was her numerous outfits) but Missy was the shining star.

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