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Pink—singer, aerialist, and activist extraordinaire—is finally making her first appearance at the Super Bowl. But in our opinion, justice still needs to be served.
The “Beautiful Trauma” and “So What” chanteuse will kick off Super Bowl LII with an undoubtedly superb rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Still no word as to who will follow Pink with “America the Beautiful,” but we do know (and have known for several months) that Justin Timberlake is headlining this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
Timberlake’s upcoming gig has sparked a fair amount of outrage, as many are still disappointed with the way in which the former NSYNC frontman addressed Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. Understandably so.
But we also a problem with 2018 marking Pink’s first-ever foray into the world of Super Bowl performances. The fact that Pink has never been invited to sing the National Anthem before this year is one thing. The fact that she’s never headlined the halftime show is quite another.
She’s talented. She’s well-liked. She has a solo musical repertoire that spans almost twenty years and she proved that she can get hundreds of people on her side within minutes when she delivered a rousing speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last year. Plus, she’s not afraid to get political—a quality that many music fans likely appreciate in light of the current sociopolitical climate.
Even with all that in mind, we’d give the Super Bowl committee (or whoever gets to control things like halftime shows and national anthem performances) a pass for ignoring Pink if she spent her concerts hidden behind a piano or stuck to a stool. But she’s not—Pink has arguably become as well-known for her gravity-defying aerial routines as her vocal prowess, and Lady Gaga’s dramatic 2017 roof jump proved that one can pull off elaborate stunts, tricks, and manoeuvres at the Super Bowl if they so choose. Besides, the Bowl has booked acts far less captivating than Pink to headline halftime shows in the past. No shade to Coldplay, but we’re totally talking about Coldplay.
We’ll tune in to the Super Bowl on February 4 and enjoy Pink and Timberlake’s unofficial reunion for what it is (Pink talked about opening for NSYNC during her stint on Carpool Karaoke), but we’re still hoping that Pink will triumphantly return to the Super Bowl with more to do in 2019.