It was announced yesterday that Bruno Mars will be bringing his jazzy doo-wop-style act to MetLife Stadium in early February as the headlining performer at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Earlier today Mars released the official announcement video on YouTube, which shows highlights from his various live performances and music videos, as well as an adorable clip of him doing an Elvis impersonation as a young child. He really hasn’t changed much since then – same baby face and only a slight bit taller.
Not surprisingly, responses to the announcement have been mixed. For one, he is being compared to Beyoncé, whose powerhouse performance at last year’s Super Bowl will be a tough act to follow. Second, he doesn’t have much material. Are two albums enough to make someone a headliner? Debatable. But he is a young fresh face compared to the older headlining acts of the past, like the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, who were criticized for being a bit too, well, dated.
Mars and his tour group, The Hooligans, have vibrant stage presence, so we shall see if they can hold their own. As long as no awkward twerking or foam fingers are involved, it can’t be too bad.
Written by Angela