The 50th Super Bowl will take place on February 7, 2016 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are the teams competing this year. Usually I could care less who is playing. What I really want to know is — who is performing at the half-time show? This year it is Coldplay, the British rock band led by Chris Martin, with guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars. Madonna, Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry all had great half-time performances. So who’s going to be the headliner next year? Read on for some possible choices:
Luke Bryan — One of the hottest acts around right now. He is selling a lot of albums and concert tickets. And it has been awhile since a country act has been featured here.
Carrie Underwood — She has across the board appeal. With 5 albums under her belt, plus countless tours and “The Sound of Music: Live” too, she is a consummate entertainer.
Kenny Chesney — He dominates the concert season almost every year with his shows. And he is a natural performing for stadium crowds. Why hasn’t he done it before?
Female Pop Stars
Pink — She has taken a detour with her You+Me project, but if she wants to reestablish her pop-rock cred, there would be no better place to do it. Great entertainer with a powerful voice.
Lady GaGa — She has taken a detour too, with her duets project with Tony Bennett, but if she wants to come back to the pop world, this would be a good launching pad. She is a proven live performer who consistently sells out tours.
Taylor Swift — What a year this woman had in 2015! She has been everywhere with her “1989” album and tour. And is favored for this year’s Grammy Awards. At this point in her career, I think she is too big for the NFL. But if she is launching a new project in 2017, this would be a great way to do it.
Britney Spears — She has the successful shows in Las Vegas; and has never done the Super Bowl by herself. She previous performed with NSync and Aerosmith in 2001.
Pitbull — Mister World Wide, aka Pitbull, has sold out concert tours, hosted award shows and amassed a few major hits along the way. This would be a good fit for him. Plus add in some of his featured guest stars (Ne-Yo, J Lo, Christina Aguilera, Kesha) and you would have a half-time to remember.
Jennifer Lopez — American Idol judge, model, actress, singer, and dancer — she can do it all. With her Las Vegas residency recently launched too, this would be a good fit for a global superstar.
Earth, Wind & Fire — This veteran group is so retro they are cool. They have a great song catalog that will have people dancing in the aisles.
Queen and Adam Lambert — On his own Adam doesn’t have enough hits, but with Queen behind him, he is both contemporary and retro at the same time. Which is a good fit for reaching a huge TV audience.
Billy Joel — Another oldies act who still plays sold out shows across the country. If the Who and Paul McCartney can perform in their later careers, so can Billy.
So that’s my list of possible choices for the next Super Bowl half-time show. I would love to hear your thoughts on my choices.
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