Bruno Mars Shares Super Bowl Halftime Stage With True American Heroes (VIDEO)

Bruno Mars halftime super bowlWhatever you thought when Bruno Mars was named halftime entertainer for Super Bowl XLVIII, let's just put it aside, shall we? The singer not only shared the stage with Red Hot Chili Peppers but he opted to let a whole bunch of folks no one has ever heard of share the stage with him on one of the biggest nights of his career. I'm talking, of course, about the members of the U.S. military whose pre-taped montage introduced Mars' last song of the show.

If he was looking for a way to win America's heart, Bruno nailed it.

The show itself was a relatively light and fun romp, with limited hip thrusting by Mars and a rather curious set of leggings on Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, who rocked out shirtless in the bitter New Jersey cold. Mars blew through a snippet of Billionaire, followed by Locked Out of Heaven and Treasure, then a mashup of Runaway Baby and Shout. RHCP joined him for a quick version of Give It Away, and I do mean quick. The troops seemed to get as much time as RHCP -- which is as it should be.

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Making dedications to their loved ones -- we are just a few weeks away from Valentine's Day -- the soldiers brought the tone down (and brought some tears to our eyes) so Mars could switch into ballad mode for Just the Way You Are as fireworks burst out of Met Life Stadium.

If the military choppers flying over the stadium before kick-off hadn't already reminded you that there are people sacrificing every day so we can enjoy something as simple as a football game, then the half-time show certainly drove it home.

Kudos to Mars for being willing to share his glory moment with some folks who deserve a little more glory.

Watch the half-time show -- what was your favorite part?


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Image via Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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Mark Cox

RHCP? Is it 1994 again?

the4m... the4mutts

Do you really think Bruno Mars had ANYTHING to do with the troops videos being aired?

Btw, having CHILDREN open for him to do a song about not getting enough pussy? Bad move. That was just awkward.

Sjb646 Sjb646

That rocked.  Never a huge fan of Bruno but I may be a convert.  It doesn't matter if Bruno had anything to do with the troops giving a shout out it is always a welcome montage!  With the RHCP there it brought back many wonderful memories and was perfect for the crowd they were there to reach...not the children.  I had my kids in the room and they didn't look at the tv once.  The Super Bowl is not a kid friendly place.  If you are ok letting your kids watch grown men kick the shit out of each other and not watch an amazing iconic band then have some things reevaluated.  

nonmember avatar Val

Thanks for posting! I unfortunately was not able to watch the Super Bowl earlier, I could care less about the football but always like watching the halftime shows.. I already love Bruno Mars and I LOVE Red Hot Chili Peppers so I knew to expect a great performance.. obviously proven.

Mutt, while I do agree that it is not appropriate for children to sing the word "sex".. I think you are being a little irrational. There was a drawn out dramatic pause between the children's exit and Bruno's singing. It is surely nothing compared to the wide array of opinions and stories that you typically comment on these articles.. such as finding it necessary for your young children to know that you used to shake YOUR pussy. You lately have nothing to comment but rude things, who cares who was responsible for the military clips at the end of the performance?! It was cool that they were there.. Jeanne gets paid to write about her opinions -- you don't. Quit being a troll.

youth... youthfulsoul

I could take him or leave him, BUT I thought he did a good halftime show. He's a good performer with a good voice and I didn't hate seeing Anthony Kiedis shirtless either. 

the4m... the4mutts

So because someone doesn't get PAID for their opinions, means they shouldn't have one? By that logic, you need to stfu as well, since you're not paid for your opinion on what I had to say.

This is America, and I can say what I want. Little thing called freedom of speech.

Also, it does matter if Bruno Mars had something to do with the troops messages in this case, because the blogger is giving him credit for it.

As for my former career as a stripper, so what? My small children have no knowledge of that. Once they're adults, and old enough to speak on such things, there's no reason to hide it. Im not ashamed of it, and some random dolt on the internet wont make me ashamed.

Also, my kids have nothing to do with small kids opening for a song about getting laid. That's apples and oranges. And it was just plain creepy to me. An opinion which I am still entitled to.

Megan... MeganJune03

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution codifies the freedom of speech as a constitutional right. The Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. The Amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

morgi... morgiefae

Val, your an ass, and it is your right to be. however the4mutts? i always love reading your comments.

lulou lulou

I applaud the nfl for including a pro-nursing group such as the RHCP.

EmilyH87 EmilyH87

I thought it was a great show.

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