By Chris Michaud
Feb 5 Pop superstar Madonna dazzled
football fans and more than 100 million television viewers on
Sunday when she performed during a glittery, spectacular Super
Bowl halftime show.
Madonna, the first female Super Bowl halftime headliner
since the notorious Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" of
2004, was carried, Cleopatra-style, into Indianapolis' Lucas Oil
Stadium by a cadre of muscled gladiators.
Wearing Egyptian regalia, complete with headdress, and
spiked black boots, the pop superstar launched into her seminal
hit "Vogue," with lighting and other visual effects contributed
by the Canadian performing troupe Cirque du Soleil.
Next came "Music," which included LMFAO, followed by a
cheerleader-themed "Give Me All Your Luvin'," from Madonna's
latest CD. Madonna was joined by Nicky Minaj and M.I.A., with
the latter proferring a fleeting obscene one-fingered gesture
In a nod to the sport whose fans she was entertaining, the
Material Girl performed much of her act on, or in front of,
bleachers, with high school marching bands and drumlines
augmenting the show, which lasted about 10 minutes.
After a mini-medley of her hits "Open Your Heart" and
"Express Yourself," Madonna closed her act decked out in a
Gospel-goth black gown, performing "Like a Prayer" with Cee Lo
Green before dropping out of sight in a puff of smoke.
Madonna was not the only pop superstar to grace the
high-profile Super Bowl on Sunday, one of U.S. television's
most-watched programs: Kelly Clarkson performed the national
Last year's Super Bowl attracted 111 million U.S. viewers,
the largest for a single TV broadcast in the United States.
The halftime show has increasingly featured high-profile pop
acts, a far cry from the first Super Bowl in 1967 when college
marching bands entertained the crowd.
Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, Bruce
Springsteen, The Black Eyed Peas and Janet Jackson have been
among recent performers.
Jackson's 2004 appearance made headlines worldwide with her
infamous "wardrobe malfunction," during which fellow performer
Justin Timberlake tugged at her costume, exposing her nipple to
millions of TV viewers.
Madonna had promised that all efforts were being made to
ensure her show would not be marked by a similar episode.
"Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe.
There will be no wardrobe malfunction - I promise," she said.
Madonna, who was born in Bay City, Michigan, told reporters
last week her appearance was "a Midwesterner girl's dream, to be
performing at the Super Bowl halftime show."
"In over 25 years of performing that I've done, I have never
worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or
freaked out as much as I have."
(Editing by Stacey Joyce)