The Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on stage after Bruno Mars headlined the halftime show, and it was the cherry on top of the cake. However, many people started noticing that the California band’s instruments were unplugged.
Bass player Flea confirmed that the RHCP knew beforehand that their songs were pre-recorded, and the only live element of their performance was their vocals. Flea further explained, “I understand the NFL’s stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there are a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the TV viewers.”
Worst: Jay-Z Says No to the Show, 2017
You would think that any artist would jump on the opportunity to perform at a Super Bowl halftime show. But you’d be wrong. Famous American rapper Jay-Z turned down the offer to perform at the 2017 halftime show, and there were speculations as to why.
Firstly, there was a rumor going around that his wife, Beyonce, never got paid for her Super Bowl halftime show, which was never confirmed or denied. Then, the rapper explained he said no in support of NFL player Colin Kaepernick and his ban from the league.
Worst: Beyonce Gets in Serious Trouble, 2016
The 2016 Super Bowl halftime show was a huge success as far as ratings and performances go. Beyonce delivered a stellar, one-of-a-kind show that only she knows how to do, but unfortunately, she still faced much criticism.
Queen Bey’s show did feature a lot of political and social issues, with tributes and references to many organizations, including Hurricane Katrina and the Black Panthers. Many critics and viewers applauded Beyonce for bringing these topics to such a huge platform, while others harshly said that the show should be about entertainment, not political agendas.
Worst: Lady Gaga’s Body Shamers, 2017
Lady Gaga’s performance at the 2017 halftime show was amazing, but unfortunately, there will always be a handful of bullies that make a lot of noise online. After Gaga’s show, dozens of online trolls started posting about her ‘fat stomach”, which she exposed during the show.
But as fierce as she is, Lady Gaga immediately posted on social media, saying, "I'm proud of my body, and you should be proud of yours too. No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don’t need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. "Be you and be relentlessly you.” Well said!
Worst: ZZ Top Got a Bad Deal, 1997
The 1997 halftime show is mostly remembered for the Blues Brothers’ cringing performance. Few people remember that one of rock’s greatest bands performed too. ZZ Top played some of their greatest hits, including “Legs” and “Tush,” and the long-bearded members rocked out on stage like there was no tomorrow.
Too bad they came after the Blues Brothers, and so many viewers had turned off the TV or just stopped paying attention by then. Luckily enough, ZZ Top continued to have a stellar career, selling over 30 million albums worldwide and getting a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.