By John Mineses
The Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime show featuring rap and hip-hop legends Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar has been voted the greatest halftime show performance by the FDU Community.
The performance from the iconic superstars has been making noise for music lovers of all ages, sparking debate on where it landed on the lists of the best performances in Super Bowl halftime history.
Past halftime shows have been subject to lots of critiques, with different years sparking mixed reviews of disappointment and lackluster performances.
Several of the halftime shows within the past decade have landed on the lower-end of many lists, including The Rolling Stone.
The Equinox set off to have the FDU Community vote for their favorite performances of the past decade. Performances from 2013-2022 were chosen and competed in a tournament where FDU’s votes decided the ultimate winner.
The tournament included the halftime shows of the past decade headlined in different years by Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, and The Weeknd in addition to this year’s ensemble. The performances would all face-off in multiple rounds before the finals, except for fan-favorite Bruno Mars who had bypassed straight to the finals by beating his round one opponent and winning The Equinox’s write-in vote tally.
The preliminary rounds before the final had many thrilling matches, bringing upsets and shocking close victories in the 24-hour voting windows from The Equinox’s Instagram polls. Beyonce’s shocking round one elimination and the nail-biting quarterfinal matchup between Shakira & J-Lo and Lady Gaga were some of the many highlights of the tournament.
In the end, it came down to this year’s performance taking on the write-in vote winner, Bruno Mars.
By a vote of 54%, it was this year’s performers that took the victory.
As for me and 46% of voters of the FDU community, Bruno Mars’s 2014 performance for Super Bowl XLVIII is still number one in our hearts.
It looks like according to the FDU community, the next decade of Super Bowl halftime shows have a lot to live up to.
Art by Dulce Martinez