Halftime Show 2015: Did it live up to expectations?

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Halftime Show 2015: Did it live up to expectations?

Singer Katy Perry, left, and Rapper Missy Elliot, right, performing at the Superbowl at the University of Arizona stadium.

Singer Katy Perry, left, and Rapper Missy Elliot, right, performing at the Superbowl at the University of Arizona stadium.

Singer Katy Perry, left, and Rapper Missy Elliot, right, performing at the Superbowl at the University of Arizona stadium.

Singer Katy Perry, left, and Rapper Missy Elliot, right, performing at the Superbowl at the University of Arizona stadium.

Andy Ha, Online Co-Editor-In-Chief

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The halftime show continues to break records. Since 2012, the halftime shows broke the record for most viewed event in television history. This year, there was a record high 118.5 million viewers during the halftime performance. Singer Katy Perry headlined the show. Perry follows Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars, who headlined the show in 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively.

Katy Perry began her show with her hit “Roar,” where she rode in on a metal lion while being surrounding by lit orbs. She then transitioned into “Dark Horse,” which had a chess theme. Lenny Kravitz then joined her onstage and sang “I Kissed A Girl” with her while flames were exploding behind them.

“Teenage Dream” followed that song, which moved the theme to a beach setting. She then performed “California Gurls,” before bringing on Missy Elliot who performed a medley of “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work it,” and “Lose Control.” For the finale of the halftime show, Perry literally flew around the University of Arizona stadium belting out “Fireworks” and having fireworks shot into the sky, covering the stadium.

The show was great, especially when compared to last year’s show where Bruno Mars performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers. Perry gave the best performance of her career at the halftime show. Her vocals were exceptional. The choreography and overall spectacle of it all was well executed.

Katy Perry made four outfit changes, a risky move to make at the halftime show, considering the show is live and the fact that artists are only given around 12 minutes to perform and less than a minute for outfit changes between songs. While the changes were properly executed and there were no wardrobe malfunctions, some of the outfits themselves were not complimenting to Perry. The outfit changes coincided with the theme of each song, which was also all over the place.

With her special guests, Lenny Kravitz appearance was very short and kind of unnecessary, considering that he was on stage for barely a minute. Perry’s other special guest, Missy Elliot, killed it. Elliot, despite not releasing any new music and performing for several years, made her huge comeback. While it was great publicity and a reintroduction for Elliot back into music, it really took away from Katy Perry, who was the main performer of the night.

The show, in its entirety, was just a sight to see. It served its purpose of entertaining and keeping the hype going for the game. It lived up to the expectations of a halftime show, considering the expectations weren’t as high since Bruno Mars’s show last year wasn’t that good. The performance put Katy Perry on the ranks with Madonna and Beyoncé. Beyoncé’s was better, but Katy Perry still brought her A-game and won.

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