The Super Bowl halftime show: Comparatively, a disappointment

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The 2019 Super Bowl, a face-off between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, took place on Sunday, Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Though it might have been a game for the books, as it tied the Patriots with the Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships, a controversial discussion that really must be had is about the halftime show.

This year, Maroon 5 were the main performers with Travis Scott and Big Boi making brief appearances. It was not the best halftime debut. In fact, it was a monstrosity.

Though Maroon 5 recently released smash hit, “Girls Like You”, they were not the best choice of entertainment.

Many groups and individual artists have made musical breakthroughs over the course of this past year and have topped the charts. Taylor Swift, for example, released hit album “Reputation” and is known to be one of the best entertainers in the industry. Swift puts on an incredible show and would have been a great choice for the Super Bowl. That’s just one example, however.

Below are some reviews of stellar past halftime performances. Super Bowl fans, myself included, have high hopes for the future that the entertainment will someday reach this level of greatness again.

  1. In 1993, Michael Jackson was the star of the show, and he gave pretty much one of the most memorable Super Bowl performers ever. He increased the TV ratings by so much that it is claimed to be one of the most watched events in American television history. He was unbelievable on that stage. For awhile he just stood there and the crowd still couldn’t contain their cheers. Michael Jackson was a true idol.
  2. In 2001, Aerosmith, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly performed. I mean, just listing their names is enough. That’s iconic. It began with NSYNC’s famous “Bye, Bye, Bye,” and their boyband dance moves totally hyped up the crowd. It faded into Aerosmith’s beloved “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” and kept getting better from there. At one point, Aerosmith, NYSNC, Britney, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly were all singing and rocking out together. It was a show you wouldn’t want to miss. Wow, the early 2000s were a time. The energy of this show was fantastic.
  3. In 2003, Shania Twain, No Doubt, and Sting were on stage. Shania Twain opened with “Man! I Feel Like A Woman,” so that’s pretty much all that needs to be said about that show. That song alone could win over audiences everywhere.
  4. 2006, 2007, and 2008 were wild. They had the most amazing performers back to back to back, beginning with The Rolling Stones, then Prince, then Tom Petty. Just imagine watching the Super Bowl and hearing “Purple Rain” live. That day must have been unforgettable.
  5. In 2013, Queen Beyoncé made an appearance. Beyoncé is a fantastic performer. She knows how to put on a show and get the entire crowd into it. The stage set-up, the choreography, her outfit, her backup dancers, and then a Destiny’s Child reunion? That’s the kind of energy you need at the Super Bowl.
  6. In 2017, there was Lady Gaga. Gaga has so many hits, it’s hard to count them all. She’s someone everyone can sing along with. First of all, she flew onto the stage. Gaga never disappoints. Her outfit drew attention as always and she began with “Poker Face,” a classic.

After reviewing past performances, it’s easier to see Maroon 5’s as disappointing. The show could have been much better, and if an artist who is currently breaking records and topping all the charts had been featured, many more people would have been interested in watching.

Hopefully, the halftime show improves in the future. Though it may never reach Michael Jackson and Prince level ever again, the exciting energy needs to be more present than it was this year.