Watching the Super Bowl on television is one of the highlights of the year for millions of people.
This means that the artists who perform the traditional halftime show have a huge audience watching their every move. Some of the best-received performances in recent years have come from Katy Perry, Beyoncé, and Missy Elliot. Yet, there have also been some complete disasters along the way.
1. The Blues Brother, 1997 This idea here was to market the Blues Brothers 2000 movie that was in the pipeline. The problem? The likes of Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, and John Goodman simply weren’t musically good enough for a performance of this magnitude. Even the arrival of ZZ Top and James Brown couldn’t save the day.
2. The Black Eyes Peas, 2011 In theory, this sounded like a promising show from one of the biggest acts around at the time. However, it soon became clear that their live presentation was nowhere near good enough for such a prestigious event, as Fergie and the rest of the group floundered badly on the stage.
3. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, 2004 The problem in this case wasn’t a lack of musical quality. Instead, this has gone down in history as one of the most disastrous shows because of the infamous moment when Timberlake ripped off part of Jackson’s clothing. The exposure of the singer’s breast lead to widespread condemnation and shaming of Jackson, and even saw her music being banned from appearing on numerous television and radio networks.
4. A Tapestry of Nations, 2000 Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, and Enrique Iglesias were a few of the stars of this overblown Disney production. It was meant to send out an inspiring message about global unity, but it just turned in a bit of a mess. Matters weren’t helped by the fact that they sang new, original songs that no-one in the stadium or at home had ever heard before.
5. Indiana Jones and Temple of the Forbidden Eye, 1995 This confusing disaster was meant to promote the Temple of the Forbidden Eye attraction that had recently been opened by Disney. Instead, it was a muddled, awkward show that dragged established stars such as Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle way out of their comfort zones. All the dancers in huge hats and parachuting stuntmen in the stadium just added to the chaos.