Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show: How Did She Do? Take Our Poll!

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After 2011′s “Black-Eyed Peas in Christmas Lights” Extravaganza, this year’s Super Bowl halftime show had nowhere to go but up. Or did it?

For Super Bowl XLVI, pop music’s longest-reigning provocateur, Madonna, took over as master of ceremonies, and if I’m being honest, the results were electrifying. I’m not sure how much of the singing was live, but the choreography and spectacle of it all were stellar, and yoga’s never had a better champion.

Her Madgesty entered via gladiator-drawn chariot to the opening snaps of “Vogue,” wearing a gold sequined robe that she quickly shed in favor of a black gladiatrix miniskirt, thigh-high boots, and gold headdress. (Leave it to Madonna to break the nation’s football-fueled reverie with a ditty about a style of dance popularized in gay club culture.)

After some energetic posing and a danceoff with a futuristic Cupid type, Madonna easily segued into one of her all-time greatest singles, “Music,” bouncing up and down a set of makeshift bleachers flanked by b-boys in Adidas tracksuits. There was a weird interlude where NBC’s camera crew threatened to upstage the main act by lingering on an Afro-sporting foolio doing a jig on a tightrope, but Madonna threw in a series of rapid-fire squats on a rising platform that returned the attention to where it belonged.

The next 30 seconds or so went to a collaboration (and some awkward calisthenics) with LMFAO that had too much “Party Rock,” and not enough “Sexy and I Know It,” but was nevertheless entertaining. Yet it was all more or less a bridge to the Material Girl’s saucy new single “Give Me All Your Lovin’,” complete with cheerleading costumes, pom-poms, a drumline, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., and some mesmerizing leg-ography. The message seemed to be clear: Radio needs more fiftysomething fierceness. Respeck. Booyakasha.

The set ended with the appearance of Cee Lo Green, tiny snippets of “Open Your Heart” and (swoon) “Express Yourself,” and then the sounds of a Gospel chorus leading into “Like a Prayer.” (Breathe easy, FCC hotline: No religious statues were used sacrilegiously in the making of this halftime show.) Madonna and the Voice mentor were lifted skyward on a platform as they delivered the rousing anthem while clad in black sequined choir robes, and suddenly a map of the world (or a Risk boardgame) lit up on the field below them. Madge took one last swing at the chorus — actually singing live (and well), I believe — and then was swallowed whole by Lost‘s Smoke Monster, while the phrase “World Peace” appeared on the ground of the stadium.

All in all, I’d say this is the happiest and least self-important Madonna we’ve seen in a decade or two, and while there were definitely portions of this stadium performance that were lipsycned (or aided by a backing track), I’d still say the old gal delivered the kind of spectacular spectacular that could be studied by future generations in How to Rock a Halftime Show 101. Experience, 1; youth, 0. Then again, this could just be the rantings of a guy who still owns Madonna’s self-titled debut on casette tape.

What about you? Re-watch her performance, take our poll, then hit the comments and expand on your thoughts!

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Comments (321)

  • there’s no “I thought I was having a stroke” option…

    Comment by McScotty – February 5, 2012 05:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL. You hit the nail on the head. This was an over-the-top, sad showing of a woman who should know better. Yes, her music is great but if you talk to anyone under 30, they were at best, underwhelmed by his show. Who was she? Why did she matter? Why are they playing all those songs my mom likes? Yes, that’s it. It was your parent’s superbowl halftime. Last years show? So much better.

      Comment by Sandi – February 6, 2012 09:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • awe your such a foolish little one. Even Fergie who is younger could not hold a candle to Madonna. Just acknowledge this was the best half time performance EVER!!!

        Comment by abby – February 6, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Never been a huge fan but credit where it’s due. Being an Aussie don’t really understand the fuss, couldn’t tell you who played that sport, but I saw Princes performance a couple of years ago I think and he blew me away. Go Madge! – try that Elton, you couldn’t get thru the first song.

          Comment by viv eden – February 8, 2012 04:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Madonna broke the age barrier a long time ago. Her generation was one of the first to give ageism the finger (and I think that is what MIA was also giving the finger to). Anyone out there, young or old, who thinks a 53 year old should retire is retarded. Madonna rocks and should keep on rocking ’till she can no longer move. I will watch anyone, any age as long as they are good. Now, having written all this, Madonna was a bit slow compared to some of her recent concerts. I kept thinking, “Is she injured?” Reports are now out that she pulled her hamstring before the show. But she was still able to perform like she did with that injury. Love Madonna and will keep buying her albums and watching her shows!!

        Comment by Kira – February 7, 2012 12:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would have been pissed if she didn’t sing a bunch of her classics. I hate it when an artist who has been around forever sings new crap no one knows. Kudos to Madonna for putting in mostly classics we all know – yipppee! And she threw in a new tune as well. Didn’t think the new tune was all that great but it wasn’t bad. Who was Madonna and why did she matter? You are an idiot. Educate yourself. She is an original and millions of us love her and her music – old tunes and new tunes…older people and younger people alike. Keep on keeping on Madonna!

        Comment by John R. – February 7, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Omg Madonna sucks. It’s totally obvious she is lip syncing…it’s not okay. I just want someone at who sings live and doesn’t have a perfect sounding cd playing. That is what she sounded like 20 years ago. Be proud of what you sound like right now….not years ago…..ugh!!!!

    Comment by deedacia – February 5, 2012 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • she only lip-synced parts of it, which is normal when your moving on stage as much, and dancing as much as she is. She still did live vocals on most of it.

      Comment by Jess – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m sorry it is never a good excuse because you are moving too much. Don’t dance around horribly then. Any concert I have ever been to they ACTUALLY sing live. I don’t care that’s what always happens at these type of shows….maybe get someone to perform that doesn’t have to “dance” to make the show good. It should be about the quality of music not so called dancing.

        Comment by deedacia – February 5, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s not just because she was dancing. She sings and dances in concert. It’s because the acoustics in a football stadium suck for musical performance.

          Comment by Redd Penny – February 5, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Yeah but concerts are done at stadiums too and they are live. The fact is that people are willing to forgive the acoustics because they know they are never going to be perfect. And acoustics for a lip synced show vs singing live are not going to be THAT different. She should have sung live, IMO. I’m disappointed she didn’t.

            Comment by MMCronin – February 5, 2012 06:01 PM PDT  
          • she did sing live, just not every record-skipping word on all of her performances. You guys always bitch about every little thing and make it look like any lip-synced means that every word was lip-synced! You do realize that you can’t sing two parts of the song at the same time live, right? Some of you just don’t even think when you speak, as long as you can harshly judge people with the upmost high standards that no one will live up to, that’s all that seems to matter to you.

            Comment by @MMCronin – February 5, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  
          • thats because football stadiums are made to play FOOTBALL IN! not for washed up old hags to bring in other idiot performers to perform.

            Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:23 AM PDT  
          • I am going to start by giving my credentials i have worked on sound for over 10 years I have worked on live sound for 12 years and i can tell you without doubt that everything that she did was done with out lip-syncing its called special fx she used things like delays which repeats what you said repetitively and other things like that, what shes doing is just very well choreographed split timing hard work, while there is also the greater chance that she has a backup recording that plays everything but her parts, her parts would be everything that COULD be done live, everything else like the delays that would be hard, impractical, or impossible to do live were taped and played in the background. it is very rare for any artist to do lip-syncing as it is bad for their reputation.

            Comment by jold.webb – February 6, 2012 08:55 AM PDT  
          • “It’s because the acoustics in a football stadium suck for musical performance” -> Then why have all previous halftime show acts performed live? And how come none of them did bad enough for it to be an issue?
            And I honestly can’t understand how people use “she was dancing”, “she lipsynced only at times” or excuses like that, and feel good about it. Doesn’t she dance in her live shows, or don’t other artists (both older or younger and in better or worse shape) do it? As long as you don’t do it constantly, it’s ok? And worst of all, she has problems staying in tune in her live shows, so she thinks it’s ok to give her true paying fans her underachieving real self, but not for those passing in front of the tv on their way to get a halftime snack/toiletbreak/etc? Seriously disappointing, no matter how you put it.

            Comment by Delirious – February 6, 2012 11:39 AM PDT  
          • @jold.webb hahahaha
            Thank you for sharing your credentials to prove that in 22 years you have learned nothing.
            Fact: When Madonna hands her mic to LMFAO (joke band) while they help her with her moves, the guy from LMFAO mistakenly sings into Madonna’s mic instead of his own. You do realize that the only way his vocal effects could be applied is through his mic exclusively. Right?
            Come on everyone. She lip synced the whole thing. And so did all the other singers.

            Comment by casey m – February 6, 2012 02:52 PM PDT  
        • Except chances are, any concert you’ve ever been to live hasn’t had quite the audience pull of this one performance. With so many variables at play for the 12-minute act, I’m not surprised she lip-synced – so many things could potentially go wrong, why leave that to chance? It’s a 12-minute slot for spectacle in the middle of another show. The only pop singer who *might* perform that type of show live these days, with such spectacle, would be Lady Gaga. Anyone else would’ve been lip-syncing with a lot less moves. And even then, she did sing parts of the show live.

          Comment by Elijah – February 5, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Why leave it to chance Elijah? Because it’s a live performance! If she can’t sing anymore then don’t do the show. If she can’t sing very well while moving around a lot then she has to move around less. Just put a music video up on the stadium screens if you aren’t going to perform a live show. I’ve already heard her performance on her records from many years ago. So tons of money was spent on costumes and a 1000 extra performers. Anyone could have looked like a star lip syncing with all that money spent on the production of the show. If you are truly a star, act like one and don’t cheat the public. Yes I am a singer, less famous than Madonna, and think that performance was a disgrace to anyone that is a part of the music profession. She should be ashamed.

            Comment by Richie – February 5, 2012 10:22 PM PDT  
          • It’s clear that you’ve never sung in a stadium (and I’m guessing you never will).

            Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:12 PM PDT  
          • they need to take all that crap out of the super bowl and let the game callers analyze the first half and thats it, what grown man that was at the super bowl actually enjoyed seeing or hearing friggin madonna sing?

            Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:26 AM PDT  
        • 1) She was lip syncing the entire time. 2) Everyone lip syncs at football stadiums because the accoustics are terrible and it would be impossible to hear yourself and stay on key. Does everyone remember Ashlee Simpson at the Orange Bowl?
          I don’t mind that she wasn’t live, I mind that she was a terrible dancer.

          Comment by Captain – February 5, 2012 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 1) She was NOT lip syncing the entire time. 2) she’ll be glad to know that you thought she was when she wasn’t. 3) her dancing for the last decade has morphed into a yoga-limbo style dancing that is unique to her. Call it terrible if you want, but how many other 50-year olds dance the way you’d want them to? I mean, it’s silly even being critical of her, unless you just found the dancing to be vulgar or something.

            Comment by @Captain – February 5, 2012 08:25 PM PDT  
          • Bono from U2 did NOT lip sync at the Superbowl in ’02. That much was clear. The band was 100% live. So I guess they are the exception.
            Madonna was…meh. I was expecting something more out of her.
            That said, props to her for being in such great shape.

            Comment by Genny – February 6, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  
        • Having been a couple hundred concerts, I think that’s a load, deedacia. Pretty much all live acts (especially the small and the very large acts) use sampled, looped, and pre-recorded parts. Second, it pretty much IS required to create a true spectacle show. Other than Gaga, pretty much every pop act on stage today uses pre-recorded *parts* – if they can carry a tune live at all. The comment that ‘it should be about the quality… blahblahblah’? Nonsense. Not all shows are about optimizing singing at the expense of everything else. If you want a perfect ovcal – but a record. It’s not what stadium shows are about.

          Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • are you crazy?! you’re gonna sit there and say that especially all the large acts are lip synching? i’ve seen mettalica, judas priest, iron maiden and hundreds of other bands perform and not once was there any lip synching, they would have been booed off the stage

            Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:30 AM PDT  
          • Tarc, you may have attended “a couple of hundred concerts, but you’ve obviously never been involved in any of the setup work, sound checks, etc. I was a bartender at a rock bar where we hosted numerous big bands, including 30 Seconds to Mars, and I can assure you that none of them ever once used pre-recorded vocal tracks. That is a HUGE no-no in the music business…at least for real musicians, not the Biebers & Ashlee Simpsons of the world. In fact, I’ve only seen one rock band do it and the rest of the bands on the tour constantly complained about it (I know because I was backstage with them).
            That being said, the only genre I’ve seen engaged in the widespread use of pre-recorded tracks would be “pop” acts! Why? Because they care far more about the “spectacle” than the music…and many of them sound nothing like they do in the studio (you wouldn’t want to hear them sing live). It’s pretty sad & pathetic. Now, not all such “spectacle” performers lip sync (I’ve never heard Usher do it) & they’re easy to spot because you can hear the effect of all that dancing & running around on their voice. Personally, I don’t go to concerts for light shows & costumes, I go for the music. I find it appalling what these pop acts are doing to the music industry & how easily fans like you buy into crap like them!!!
            By the way, while ‘mt’ below is right that trying to do such a show without a proper sound check is difficult, it had been done many times before. Heck, the Black Eyed Peas sang live last year. Sure they didn’t sound great at all but at least they didn’t ‘cheat’!

            Comment by Lyndsey – February 6, 2012 08:52 PM PDT  
      • Jess,
        you can go to Broadway shows and see people actually singing and dancing at the same time. The fact that performers have to move around on stage is no excuse for not singing live. Needing studio sweetening to make your wobbly voice sound good, is an excuse for not singing live.

        Comment by Rose – February 5, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I am a live singer and I have to say you are not comparing live singing in a theatre with playing in the middle of a stadium fairly. I repeat….the middle of the stadium. There is echo everywhere. You can hardly keep track of which echo is really your live voice. With eight minutes to set up a stage in the middle of chaos, there is no time to set up and place monitors. It simply is too big an endeavour to go live with no time for a proper sound check. When acts play stadiums in a regular concert, there are extensive sound checks and monitors everywhere so you can hear yourself. Your judgements are simply unfair.

          Comment by mt – February 5, 2012 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • You are right mt.
            The majority of people don’t realize what it takes to put on a “normal” concert in such a stadium, where setting up can can take a a few days, and sound checks hours at minimum.
            Setting up such a stage, in 8 minutes, was an amazing undertaking.
            I thought Madonna, and everyone else did a fabulous job.
            No I do not care if it was lip synced. Singing live in that type of venue isn’t easy, even when you have done sound checks. And doing sound checks in an empty stadium is completely different from doing a sound check in a packed stadium.
            Madonna et al were half time entertainment. They entertained very well. I thought it was choreographed brilliantly, and was a wonderful professional performance.
            It was a credit to everyone who participated in putting the show together.

            Comment by Michele – February 6, 2012 02:22 AM PDT  
          • thats why these halftime shows need to stop, madonna made around 2 million dollars for doing an eight or ten minute set! thats insane!!!! i wouldnt give her 20 dollars to play a thre hour set in my living room.

            Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:42 AM PDT  
          • Truth!

            Comment by LaurenMC – February 6, 2012 08:40 AM PDT  
          • Stop it mt – you are just making too much sense. And rob – you just sound jealous and petty. Time to stop before you make a complete a$$ out of yourself.

            Comment by syl – February 6, 2012 08:44 AM PDT  
          • Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones etc… play stadiums and they don’t lip sync. I will admit I don’t get it. If you cant dance and sing…dont do it. If your songs are strong enough why do all the bs for? Just get up there and sing your songs. The problem is they have turned concerts into broadway productions. That is why she is charging around 300 a ticket which that is a different argument.

            Comment by MG – February 6, 2012 08:44 AM PDT  
      • No she didn’t. She sang Like a Prayer live. And maybe the new song, I don’t know as that’s the first I’ve heard of it. But everything else was lip synched. I mean I get that you want to have a great choreographed show and all that, but she’s proven she can sing and dance at her concerts, so why she had to lip sync tonight, is a mystery to me. The choreography was amazing, but we want to hear her sing. We know she won’t sound perfect, it doesn’t matter. Maybe she felt she won’t be as good live as the amazing Kelly Clarkson. Personally I would have loved for her to have done the halftime show!!

        Comment by mmcronin – February 5, 2012 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I believe the accoustics have alot to do with the choices the performers make. Think about all the flubs of the National Anthem…She did great and I kind of thought for a moment “This is America!” Really!

          Comment by pate' – February 5, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • This is true. I appreciated much of her performance as live. Bits of music was not and parts of vogue usual, and with no apologies from Madonna, are playbak, but most of her performance otherwise was live…..loved it.

        Comment by SaintJohn – February 5, 2012 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You people crack me up!! Do you ever go to live shows? have you ever been to Madonna live when she does in fact sing live? THis whole Super Bowl performance was lip synced! Get your hearing checked!!

          Comment by Damian – February 6, 2012 04:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You need to get your hearing checked………the whole performance was lip synced……..in her defense the acoustics stink in the stadium so a lot of performers do this. She hardly dances anymore ….more like sruts and yoga moves.

        Comment by Damian – February 6, 2012 04:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And with a pulled hamstring..I would love to see some of these fat butt hates up there dancing like she did.. Oh wait, they were sitting in their recliners chowing down on hot wings and guzzling beer…enough said.

        Comment by jake – February 6, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • at Super Bowl there is NO option for live singing! NEVER EVER! check info…

      Comment by pawel – February 5, 2012 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • you’re out of your mind!!! they need to knock off all the bs halftime shows and let it be about the game. i would have rather seen the bears come out and do the super bowl shuffle than watch madonna strut around stage like a fool.

        Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Me too! Especially the original guys. Or, the Saturday Night Live guys (who are still alive) to do “Da Bears” gig. Thanks for the visual.

          Comment by Sandi – February 6, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Show me someone who hasn’t lip synced at the Superbowl. It was obviously pre-recorded. It’s not like they stuck the CD in from 20 years ago and played it. Madonna is an entertainer. She always puts on a great show. Like a lot of people said some of it was live. MJ [the greatest entertainer on the planet] even lip synced a few times. Even someone with a voice like Beyonce has lip synced. It’s hard to control your breath so you can sing and move at the same time. Madonna did a fantastic job. Try doing cartwheels in those heels at 53.

      Comment by Steph – February 6, 2012 01:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • People who have’nt lip synced at superbowl. What about Paul McCartney???? The Who. Bruce Springsteen U2…………Basically People who have real talent. And the who thing was lip synced from start to finish. And the dancing etc i founf it all rather sad.

        Comment by Neillyboy – February 6, 2012 07:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • dont forget ella fitzgerald! hahaha

          Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • They barely moved on stage. Not to mention not many people remember their performances. Not to say they weren’t awesome but not many people remember it. If you think Madonna has no real talent than that shows your lack of knowledge about music. The woman changed the face of pop music…especially for women. Madonna isn’t stupid. She knew she wouldn’t be able to put on a show like Beyonce for example which is why she had the dancers and those other performers on the stage. The show was entertaining and fun to watch.

          Comment by Steph – February 6, 2012 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, U2, the Who, hell even Fergie, didn’t lip sync. This excuse that they’re in a stadium is BS, they wear earbuds so they can hear themselves. Madonna clearly lip synced, and although it’s not a problem for some, one has to be able to acknowledge it. When your lyrics sound exactly like the record, she’s having help. Maybe she wasn’t just mouthing the lyrics, but I guarantee what was going into that microphone, is not what you were hearing on your tv’s at home. It’s called Pro Tools.
      nicki minaj was just noise, 20% of viewers even knew who MIA was. half time show wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t nearly as good as everyone’s making it out to be.
      Madonna is talented and it wasn’t showcased last night. When will people realize that most modern pop stars are utterly talentless?

      Comment by SM – February 6, 2012 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They invented autotune & lip syncing for Madonna. She never could sing.

      Comment by mm – February 6, 2012 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She was bad 25 years ago, she’s bad now. Who listens to Madonna (other than the writer)? Who would want to watch her? Just can’t fathom her appeal whatsoever.

      Comment by chiana – February 6, 2012 10:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s too old for pom-poms but other than that, it was a great improvement over last year’s screech fest by Fergie and the Black Eyed Peas.

    Comment by Jennifer – February 5, 2012 05:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought the same thing! The pom poms were an awkward no no.

      Comment by Erin – February 5, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At least the peas didn’t lip sync.

      Comment by josh – February 5, 2012 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah, and look where that got them. one of the worst half times in history.

        Comment by DUH – February 6, 2012 07:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • …and our ears bled…they sounded awful

        Comment by Chris – February 6, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought she did great! It was very inventive in parts, energetic, and overall quite a show!

    Comment by Andrea – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I enjoyed the Madonna half time show. Even liked the transitions. Could have done without her gold pompons for the last number (a new song, really? Ugh!), but it did really sound like a cheerleading chant so I get that the pompons underscored the sound of the music. Did not think Nicki Minaj or MIA added anything, but really liked the varieties of dance, LMFAO, the drumline, and also CeeLo. Amazing stuff and it really was always moving – quite a lot put in there for a 12 minutes half time show. I would be very curious to know what they spent on costumes and special effects along. Thought Vogue was really a great starting point to kick the whole thing off. Loved, loved, loved!

      Comment by Agreed – February 6, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If only she didn’t lip sync everything it would have been better. The show was good her performance was disappointing.

    Comment by Xavier – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not ok to lip sync!!!

    Comment by dawn – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • THAT is how you do halftime!!!!

    Comment by Scorpo – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you my son, are a girl

      Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • and you, rob, are a troll, and a bigot for writing several negative posts. you know what they say about compulsively negative people, don’t you?………..

        Comment by @rob – February 6, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Vince Fontaine needs to tap Madonna on the shoulder to let her know she’s out. No more hand jive for her!

    Comment by Brea – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You, Brea, are awesome!

      Comment by Rain – February 6, 2012 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • meh. but better then last year. BEP was really bad.

    Comment by João Amaral – February 5, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 5stars!!! Loved the show! Well done!

    Comment by lisa – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Grace – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved it. And having my girl Nikki there made it even better.

    Comment by Michael – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • dude! grow a pair will ya? minaj sucks! m.i.a. (or however she spells it) sucks, and madonna sucks, the only good thing was cee-lo

      Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it. I don’t mind lip synching here because I’d rather have a good show and it’a rare to do that kind of dancing and sing live

    Comment by Carrie – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The best part of that was the guest stars.

    Comment by Jess N – February 5, 2012 05:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hate her and no amount of choreography and support from people more talented than her will change that. The end.

    Comment by TigerNightmare – February 5, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Unbelievable !!!!

      Comment by Shawna – February 5, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last year, it was a light show, not a music show. The few times we heard music, it was mostly off keys while this year we had a better show. Hopefully next year, we will have a rock band or artist to really get us into the mood for a halftime show.

    Comment by Robert Villeneuve – February 5, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you make your living as a singer, when performing live, you should be singing live, not lip-synching. Period. Fail.

    Comment by J – February 5, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • madonna has never referred to herself as a singer. She is a performer and an artist. And what she did tonight was perform and the what was going on around her was easily art.

      Comment by tony gamino – February 5, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • if she is not a singer, she shouldnt be performing…maybe next time hire somebody who can mime to her songs!

        Comment by Steve – February 5, 2012 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • She’s a performer who sang at the Superbowl! Haters get so worked up over the dumbest things sometimes. I’m sure someone could find something to criticize all your favorite “singers”, but they’ll probably never be asked to perform at the Superbowl, because they are entertaining enough, and don’t have a catalogue of hits like Madonna. Keep dreaming though Steve.

          Comment by @Steve – February 5, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • They should have borrowed the kittens from the half-time show at The Puppy Bowl. Certainly more entertaining.

          Comment by chiana – February 6, 2012 10:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I am a live singer and I have to say you are not comparing live singing in a theatre with playing in the middle of a stadium fairly. I repeat….the middle of the stadium. There is echo everywhere. You can hardly keep track of which echo is really your live voice. With eight minutes to set up a stage in the middle of chaos, there is no time to set up and place monitors. It simply is too big an endeavour to go live with no time for a proper sound check. When acts play stadiums in a regular concert, there are extensive sound checks and monitors everywhere so you can hear yourself. Your judgements are simply unfair.

      Comment by mt – February 5, 2012 07:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly. But I doubt that most of the haters care about actual fact.

        Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • it was AWESOME !! if i disbarr the miming … the dancers, the guest singers … everything was freaking GREAT !!

    Comment by aftvjunkie – February 5, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To all the haters about lip synching: EVERY artist that plays halftime lip synchs!!! It is not logistically possible given the short amount of time to do it otherwise. As far as the comments of wanting to hear what she sounds like now, listen closely, those vocals were re-recorded. That IS her now.

    Comment by scorpo – February 5, 2012 05:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Not true. Paul McCartney didn’t. Steven Tyler didnt. Justin and Janet didn’t. BEP definitely did not lip sync since they sound way better when they record their music vs singing live.

      Comment by MMcronin – February 5, 2012 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would just like to add Bruce Springsteen to the list of performers who did NOT lip synch.
        And he did a GREAT stage slide!

        Comment by Rhino34 – February 5, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And none of them put on as good of a show because of it.

        Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Nonsense. Springsteen showed them all how it’s done. Great show. And real, too!

          Comment by CMcC – February 6, 2012 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Youtube the Janet Jackson performance. I would bet that she lip synced! Janet lip sync’s at her concerts. She is never live. BEP also did lip sync. When The Who and the Rolling Stones didn’t lip sync, they were ripped on for sounding off key.

        Comment by CCNevil – February 6, 2012 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It wasn’t bad, for me, but the lip syncing was really irritating and seeing Nicki Minaj up there briefly made me think how awesome it might have been. Also, bummed that LMFAO didn’t get to bring along Hok for their part.

    Comment by Daisyj – February 5, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Can you Guy dance, move around and sing at the same time? No. So shut up and sit down.

    Comment by anon – February 5, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lip syncing means the show is better. Sure it may not be as organic but honestly I don’t care.

    Comment by Tim – February 5, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If someone is going to lip sync, then they need to make sure that the visual show is amazing, and this one was not, at least not on television.

      Comment by Annie – February 5, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I thought some of it was stunning! What were you wanting, the Beijing Olympics in the middle of the Superbowl?? The visuals were some of the best the Superbowl has ever had. All things considered, the show was pretty damn good.

        Comment by @Annie – February 5, 2012 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Frankly, yes. The Bejing Olympics would have been great, even any 12 minutes of it.

          Comment by voiceofreason – February 6, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • so it’s the Beijing Olympics or the washed up Bruce Springsteen? You trolls are funny with your inconsistency and all…

            Comment by @voiceofreason – February 6, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  
  • I gave it a C, but only because Cee Lo was amazing. Madonna moved like she was in slow motion, which made the whole thing look boring. I understand why she was lip syncing, but that just didn’t sound good. I wonder if she’s lost her voice as well as her moves. At least she looked nice.

    Comment by Annie – February 5, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • and her moves were not that complicated that it would have prevented her from singing. Stamping and stomping around and doing Egyptian moves is not that complicated to warrant lip syncing. She did it because her voice is not strong and because she probably wouldn’t remember the words.

      Comment by mmcronin – February 5, 2012 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She reportedly fell during dress and pulled a hamstring. I’ve seen her live within the last year, and teenagers could only wish for her dance moves.

      Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Im not sure the largely heterosexual demographic of the Super Bowl was the right place for this disco-fied lip-sync-fest

    Comment by Lauren – February 5, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hit the nail right on the head. They were trying to bring in people not interested in football.

      Comment by Carmichael – February 5, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A lot of people who ususally don’t watch football watch the Superbowl. It’s a holiday celebration like New Years Eve.

      Comment by Rose – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Every heterosexual at the party I was at thought Madonna was amazing.

      Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • you failed to state how much alcohol was at your party.

        Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • disco-fied??
      Enough with the tired, revisionist crp that Madonna isn’t for straight people and never was. Everyone listened to her in the 80s and early 90s, male and female, gay and straight. Then just because she did a lot to help that community suddenly some people became uncomfortable and had to make up all sorts of stories about how she never much had any popularity other than among the male, gay community (really? you have that many sales surviving on just some fraction of 1/40th of the population?). Unfortunately they took on a bit of a life of their own.

      Comment by wrong – February 19, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boo, she could hardly walk and the whole show seemed random.

    Comment by Csmac – February 5, 2012 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The most tolerable part was the drumline. I’d love a Superbowl halftime with a collegiate drumline performance/showoff. It’d be awesome. Much more awesome than some lip-synching.

    Comment by Meg – February 5, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My son was part of this drumline, so I thank you for your comment!
      The drumline was made of 100 kids from our local high schools.

      Comment by Erin – February 5, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh congratulate your son (and all the kids). They did a superb job. You must be so very proud of him!!

        Comment by Michele – February 6, 2012 02:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It was pretty awesome. They did a great job! (From one marching band family to another.)

        Comment by Meg – February 6, 2012 04:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Erin,
        You, and your son, have every reason to be proud. I think a marching band at halftime would not only be amazing, it would be APPROPRIATE.
        It’s a football game. It’s what marching bands do best.

        Comment by Sandi – February 6, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • thats what they used to do for the halftime show, the university marching bands from the area where the bowl was played would come out and do a five or six song set.they need to go back to that, and instead of paying these lame ass performers millions of dollars, they could donate that money to more needy schools in the area.

      Comment by rob – February 6, 2012 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Performers are not paid.

        Comment by R – February 6, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree about the drumline comments! How cool would it be to see local kids doing the WHOLE halftime show. There are some really talented young performers out there. Or at the very least have some real music during half time. Do NFL fans really like bands like BEP and Madonna? Van Halen just released new stuff, they would make more sense than pop/dance music people.

      Comment by Sarah – February 6, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was awesome and tasteful.

    Comment by Booger – February 5, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She rocked it! She brought such a high level of professionalism to what’s been a mediocre show in the past. Lip syncing is a must for the half time show….she gave it her all.

    Comment by hann23 – February 5, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I liked it.

    Comment by Linda – February 5, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i thought it was cool, da lip syncing is necessary.. try singing live in a huge stadium and stayin with da music. the show was awesome.. i coulda done without da pom poms but other than that it was good :)

    Comment by amazz – February 5, 2012 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For those complaining about lip-syncing, NFL/Superbowl does not allow “LIVE” performances after the Janet Jackson incident, best they will let you do is pre-record a rehearsal and then use that as the lip-sync. Stinks, I know.

    Comment by Christine – February 5, 2012 05:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I swear she was singing live for Like a Prayer. Her breathing matched the singing.

      Comment by KK – February 5, 2012 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That makes no sense. How does ripping clothing off someone to accidently reveal her nipple mean everyone else has to lip sync????

      Comment by mmcronin – February 5, 2012 06:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That makes no sense at all, since recording the music and then lip synching it isn’t going to prevent a wardrobe malfunction.

      Comment by Irishize – February 5, 2012 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should have some rock bands play. They know how to run around and sing live.

    Comment by naternot – February 5, 2012 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • they definitely know how to yell… sing? Not always… some of the rock singers they’ve had in the past grunted and yelled their way through the show. You may like that, but there’s always going to be a segment of people who don’t. go figure.

      Comment by hmm – February 5, 2012 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Couldn’t tell you, yet another halftime show I didn’t watch. Go back to the days of The Who, Bruce Springsteen, or Tom Petty

    Comment by Carmichael – February 5, 2012 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I want more rock, and less pop. Bring back Sir Paul McCartney, or Phil Collins as well. The last great half time performance was The Who a couple years ago, that was how you put on a half time show.

      Comment by Brittany – February 5, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Phil Collins isn’t pop?

        Comment by me – February 19, 2012 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Who sang at the half time a couple years back and as much as I love the Who, (being a Brit)… I have to say they sucked.

      Comment by Deborah – February 5, 2012 06:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Still would rather watch sucky who than Madonna or Black Eyed Peas

        Comment by Carmichael – February 5, 2012 06:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I lvoe me some Springsteen, but seriously, all three of those that you named totally SUCKED. Not enjoyable AT ALL. The Who is considered one of the worst half time shows of all time by everyone.

      Comment by KSM – February 5, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Uh… why? I’d like to see someone entertaining, please.

      Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I feel like Bon Jovi might be a pretty good halftime show.

      Comment by Meg – February 6, 2012 04:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The whole half-time show did not make sense. The theme and all the different singers together made it a complete train wreck

    Comment by Dustin – February 5, 2012 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • overall quite a nice visual show, some lipsync, but so what. She is still great at 53. Nice LED’s

    Comment by Robert Weber – February 5, 2012 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought she moved like she was afraid of falling off those boots and breaking a hip…boooorring half time show

    Comment by Toni – February 5, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She moved like an old woman. No matter how many surgeries and workouts she is still 53 years old. She looked it, but since she wasnt singing, she didnt sound it. I found the entire thing sad. She has always taken chunks from new artists & communities in her vain thirst for relevance, thats accepted and known, but under the glitter and not being able to keep up, not being able to manage her breath enough to sing live, the whole thing came across with an odor of the pathetic underneath the spectacle.

      Comment by Gorm – February 5, 2012 07:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • she did sing most of the show live, so half your rant just became invalid and irrelevant. Haters don’t care about facts though.

        Comment by @Gorm – February 5, 2012 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Wow, if you think 53 is old, how old are you, 12? We’ll see how old you feel when you are 53.

        Comment by CathyF – February 6, 2012 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoy the half time show. Great entertainment!

    Comment by rox – February 5, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beginning and ending was very good. The middle was just plain awful.

    Comment by Rjrtist – February 5, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was BORED to DEATH!

    Comment by Nancy – February 5, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …and you’re still alive… so you must be lying. ;)

      Comment by @Nancy – February 5, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well, if this is death, sign me up for a lifetime…

      Comment by tarc – February 5, 2012 11:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My wife Adrienne and I thought The Material Girl – Madonna rocked the house and with Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Greene and Mia-can’t go wrong…

    Comment by Edward Plettl – February 5, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Looked her age. Much more unsteady in the beginning than her younger days. Notice the slip when she was at the top of the bleachers? Course I couldn’t do much better if I a wearing the heals she was wearing.

    Comment by Rob S – February 5, 2012 05:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hard to hear the lyrics. Had to keep turning up the volume. Springsteen was better!

    Comment by cheryl – February 5, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved it!

    Comment by Elle – February 5, 2012 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Boring boring boring. Dubbing was really bad. She’s done better on MTV…Oh, did I say boring?

    Comment by Jeff – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Madonna is a lovely person on stage. I’d like to be her friend.

    Comment by robin – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So what’s the verdict – was that ceremonial head gear Madonna was wearing a hat or not? My prop bets depend on it.

    Comment by mw – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • try singing live in a huge stadium and stayin with da music.
    Um, well, it used to be that all rock bands did that on their concert tours Every.Single.Show. I would rather see people performing real, singing real, than see a bunch of choreographed slow-motion hoo-ha like this. although I agree with Meg – a drumline show would be awesome!

    Comment by J – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Drumlines were the best part. They should have got more time up there.

    Comment by Gabbie – February 5, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My first though was that she seemed a bit weak. We’ve got to realize she’s not the dancer she once was. She let the boys do the real work. Ah well… tbh I never was that impressed with her, and found her interviews swayed my opinion, not in a good way.

    Comment by jen – February 5, 2012 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A pop star was lipsyncing! Who cares! It was amazing! Best half time show ever! LOVE LOVE LOVED it!

    Comment by Rolfe – February 5, 2012 05:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who cares?
      anyone who likes real music.
      why not just have a CGI do the show?

      Comment by Al – February 6, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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