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The 2016 Super Bowl halftime show performer is set to be announced this Thursday and that means it’s time to place our bets. Bruno Mars has reportedly been asked to return to the annual sports even to curate the show, while Maroon 5, Coldplay and Beyonce are all rumoured to be performing on Sunday, February 7 at the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco.
While Taylor Swift, who pretty much ruled 2015 (here’s your proof) seems like the obvious choice, Swift has an endorsement deal with Diet Coke. Did we mention the full name for the half time show is the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show? So Swift is out.
That still leaves some great artists in addition to the names already being thrown around. Here are our top picks.
If sponsorship deals mean that Taylor Swift is a definite ‘no’ for the Super Bowl, then Justin Bieber should be the next obvious ‘yes’. His album Purpose was one of the biggest of the year, he has a long catalog of hits, and he has a proven track record of putting on highly entertaining shows. Plus, 2015 may finally be the year that it’s okay to admit to liking the Biebs.
Are One Direction the best singers, the best dancers, or the best showman on this list? Definitely not. But they write catchy songs and need to leave fans with something before taking a ‘hiatus’ and ‘definitely not breaking up’ in March.
Adele’s Super Bowl performance would likely be the least Super Bowl-y of all half time shows, void of 400 extra dancers and giant mechanical animals, but that’s also what would make it stand out. If anyone can fill a football stadium with a single voice, it’s Adele.
The Jonas Brothers
Okay, not all three of the Jonas Brothers (sorry Kevin), but Nick Jonas has enjoyed a huge 2015 thanks to Levels and Jealous and big brother Joe has written one of the year’s catchiest songs with his band DNCE. They could even bring Demi Lovato with them to make it a real Camp Rock reunion (again, probably no Kevin).
Drake’s Hotline Bling has been one of the biggest songs in a year full of BIG songs, but that’s not the Canadian rappers only hit. The kids would tune in for their favourite artist while the parents would keep watching because ‘they like the way he sings’. Plus, Drake could bring OVO labelmate The Weeknd on stage to perform the only song The Weeknd would be allowed to perform at the FCC-friendly event. Even though it’s about drugs.
If you watched last week’s American Music Awards then you know two things: Alanis Morissette just re-released Jagged Little Pill to celebrate the record’s twentieth anniversary and the woman hasn’t missed a beat in 20 years. Literally. Scoring one of the greatest feminist icons in music as the half time show performer would be a very cool move for the male-dominated NFL.
The Las Vegas foursome have international appeal, monster hits, and write songs that are primarily meant to sound amazing when played to a stadium full of screaming fans. The Super Bowl has always leaned towards the rock genre and these guys would definitely put on a show worthy of Sunday afternoon football.