The Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows and Moments In History

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is the 12-15 minute moment where legacies are cemented and stars are born. Unlike any other stage in the world, there's nothing bigger for an artist than the Super Bowl stage. The biggest musical event of the year, every year, pulls in over 100 million viewers, that means almost every household in America is watching at that exact moment, and if not, viewers are rushing to watch on YouTube.

History has been made on the Super Bowl stage, and sometimes, careers have been ruined. Nonetheless, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has graced us with a slew of iconic performances and musical moments that we're still talking about today. CTRL Lists The Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows and Moments In History: (click to watch)

Super Bowl XXVII: Michael Jackson Becomes The King of Pop

Who else could stand on stage for 2 minutes without singing a note and command all the attention? Michael Jackson cemented his King of Pop status as he truly shifted the expectations of a Halftime show and what it meant to be a superstar. 

 

Super Bowl XXX: Diana Ross Show-Stopping Exit

Diana Ross sure knows how to make an exit! To end her stellar performance, the iconic performer departed from the stage on a helicopter, a moment you have to see to believe.

 

Super Bowl XXV: The Princes and Princesses of Pop

Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Nelly, and Mary J Blige all rocked the stage to usher in a new era of superstars.

 

Super Bowl XXXVI: U2 Heals The Country

Months after the tragic 9/11 attacks, Bon Jovi and U2 paid tribute to all the victims and the country to heal everyone with an emotional performance. '

 

Super Bowl XXXVIII: Justin Timberlake Rocks Janet Jackson's Body

The most iconic moment in Super Bowl Halftime history occurred when Justin Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's nipple for what is now known as nipple-gate. Despite all the backlash, the performance is still one for the books. With Nelly and Diddy trading hits, it was one of the only times hip-hop was represented at the show.

 

Super Bowl XLI: Prince - The Greatest Of All Time

Prince did what had to be done! Making it rain, literally, during a performance of "Purple Rain" just proves how magical Prince was. This performance is declared as the greatest for a reason.

 

Super Bowl XLV: The Black Eyed Peas Perform The Hits

There's only a few 2000s acts that have sustained longevity with solely just their hits. The Black Eyed Peas didn't have the best Halftime performance, but it was surely an enjoyable one.

 

Super Bowl XLVII: Beyoncé: The Stadium Blacks Out For The Most Tweeted About Performance In History

Everyone knew Beyoncé was a great performer, but after this performance, she cemented herself as one of the greatest performers. After commanding the stage for 13 minutes, the stadium literally lost all its power for a blackout moment that revived tons and tons of tweets, making it the most tweeted about performance, generating 290,000 tweets per minute. 

 

Super Bowl XLIX: Katy Perry (Missy Elliott and Left Shark) Steal The Show

Katy performed her timeless hits, but it was Missy Elliott and Left Shark who stole the show.

 

Super Bowl 50: Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars

While, a confusing performance, each act had at least one good moment, which was enough to celebrate the 50th anniversary. 

 

Super Bowl LII: Justin Timberlake Brings Back Minimalism

JT took cues from the greats, and proved things don't have to be grand to be good. Instead, he kept things classic for a simplistic performance.

 

Super Bowl LIII: Super Bowl Goes Sicko

Paying tribute to SpongeBob was the highlight of the performance, which is unfortunate for Maroon 5 and for Big Boi, who could've headlined with Andre 3000. But, Travis being introduced by Spongebob was worthy to be mentioned. 

 

Super Bowl LIV: The Epic Sendoff Of A Pre-COVID World

Remember life before COVID-19? Shakira and Jennifer Lopez brought the heat and kept it sizzling for an enjoyable performance.  

 

 

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