Madonna to perform at Super Bowl

In Entertainment on December 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm

By: Drew Marshall

            Recently announced by NBC, Madonna will be the next performer at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, Indiana. Most people are not surprised at the choice, since typically NBC chooses a big classic musician to perform. The pick was announced during the Saints- Lions game on Sunday. Cirque du Soleil is also set to accompany Madonna in the performance.

Older artists like Madonna have been a Super Bowl favorite for years. Photo courtesy of Google images

With the pick, there comes speculation. It is obviously not a groundbreaking choice, as it is not unusual for the headliner to be a classic musician. Madonna will also gain more musical success to a modern audience, as she will perform in front of most of the American people. Even though the picks are usually classic groups, last year’s choice of the Black Eyed Peas was unusual for NBC. Even with that small change in normality, recent groups have been The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Prince. It is almost more surprising that Madonna has never performed at the Super Bowl prior to the decision.

            The choice may also have an effect on the public. Though the acts are usually older groups, some critics believe that Madonna would have been a better Super Bowl pick if it were the 90’s. Modernly however, some people who are watching the Super Bowl may not know who Madonna is. There is also word spreading that the number of groups willing to play at the Super Bowl is diminishing. The Super Bowl is a very big commitment for a music group, and it seems like it is becoming difficult to find groups that want to do it, and have also never performed before.

            The halftime show at the Super Bowl is always going to bring in a large audience. Millions of people watch the game each year, and it’s a big marketing ploy to have a big time musical performer. The harsh constricts that are placed by NBC on the performers makes the list of possible groups very small. If NBC were to expand their horizons to more modern musicians, it could turn into a much more appealing performance. Many older groups may not have their entire band together, as The Who did not, and it would make more sense for a band of modern taste to perform. Madonna’s selection is just one of many musicians to be chosen outside the modern taste, and if NBC doesn’t change their selection process, they could run out of groups to perform.


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