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Bruno Mars cements stardom on Super Bowl stage

Contributing Reporter

Published: Monday, February 3, 2014

Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 23:02

Bruno Mars

Associated Press

Bruno Mars performs with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show.

For the first time in his career, Bruno Mars took the stage during the nationally televised Super Bowl XLVIII with special guests the Red Hot Chili Peppers at MetLife Stadium.

Despite the fact that Mars is the youngest person to perform at the Super Bowl, he performed like a veteran and surprised many football analysts.

“I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Bruno is turning this out. I can’t believe how entertaining this is. This boy is talented,” ESPN NFL analyst Stephen A. Smith tweeted during the performance.

Mars opened with children’s choir in front of an American flag backdrop, singing the chorus of his song “Billionaire.” Lights shined upon Mars performing a drum solo followed by his hit “Locked out of Heaven.”

He originally seemed to be slightly off with his steps, but as his performance continued the dancing definitely became smoother. Mars continued his dancing and began singing his hit, “Treasure.”

Before RHCP hit the stage with Mars, he sang his own rendition of the Isley Brothers hit “Shout,” which then transitioned into his debut hit “Runaway Baby.” During his performance, Mars gave tribute to funk legend James Brown with a signature dance that complemented his trendy metallic jacket and narrow black tie.

Then enter stage right, the Red Hot Chili Peppers with “Give it Away.”

Although 90s kids were ecstatic about the return of the hit alternative group, the RHCP fell short with their own Ashley Simpson stunt.

Photos taken during the performance showed the RHCP’s bassist, Flea, performing without his bass guitar plugged in. My Social List, a New York based music website, tweeted the picture and said “basically all of that shirtless jumping around and slapping the bass was all for show.”

RHCP performed only one song as Mars maintained the spotlight. Mars performed his recent hit single “Just the Way You Are” to honor United States veterans that was kicked off by the opening of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union and returning troops dedicating the song to their families.

The stadium remained dark, with only a spotlight on Mars and a circular platform. He closed with ‘Just the Way You Are’ while fireworks went off, adding a nice touch to end the Pepsi half-time show.

Bruno Mars did not manage to break the stadium electrical system like his predecessor, Beyoncé, but he managed to make a good impression as a half-time first timer. Despite having only took home one Grammy recently, Mars walked away a winner after his performance.t

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