Madonna’s much-anticipated Super Bowl halftime show is coming up here in just a few minutes. As Jerod did for the Kelly Clarkson National Anthem, he will be recording the halftime show and then uploading to YouTube as soon as I can.
I will be reviewing it, which we will post here as soon as it is over.
Madonna Super Bowl Halftime Show Video
My video was poor quality and the other one I posted got deleted. Let’s try this one:
And here is a photo gallery of the halftime show, via SI.com
Madonna Super Bowl Halftime Show Review
To come as soon as it’s over and I can type it.
(Jerod’s quick review: Minus the new song, I thought it was terrific. Great song choice, great presentation, and terrific choices for cameos. Cee-Lo always a crowd pleaser.)
And here is the review. Thanks for your patience…
Tuesday Madonna said she was “extremely nervous” about tonight’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Should she have been?
It’s obvious that Madonna has lost a step and that she can’t keep up with her back-up dancers. Especially the guy with the red Afro on the tightrope. He nearly stole the show. And it’s quite possible that she didn’t sing a single note of her set live. (I spent most of “Vogue” trying to figure out if she was lip-syncing the whole song or just select parts.)
That said, it was a good show. It was a good mix of oldish (“Vogue”), newish (“Music”), new (“Give Me All Your Luvin’ ”), and awesome (“Like a Prayer”). An older song, such as “Borderline” or “Lucky Star,” would have been nice, but she only had so much time to work with.
Madonna really didn’t need to bring out LMFAO during “Music.” Mixing in “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy and I Know It” was messy and unnecessary. I understand the need to pander to a younger audience, but the LMFAO thing didn’t work.
Her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. worked just fine. But when she sang the first notes of “Like a Prayer,” I forgot all about it.
I loved everything about the “Like a Prayer” performance. The multi-generational, multi-ethnic choir? Fantastic. Rev. Cee Lo? Nice. The starlight backdrop in the stands? Dazzling. Madonna could have spent the first three-fourths of the show playing old folk songs on the kazoo and “Like a Prayer” would have made up for it.
Sure, there were plenty of reasons to be critical of Madonna’s performance. I’m still trying to figure out what culture she was alluding to with the slave-gladiator-queen-Medusa motif. But it was entertaining. And that’s what really matters.
And she played “Like a Prayer.” B+
What did you think of it?