This Sunday Madonna took the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Super Bowl half-time performance.
The singer was presented by an army of Roman soldiers on an extravagant throne clearly trying to appear as pop royalty. Although she came across as an ancient queen, the stage was futuristic and brightly lit. By bringing modern artists, such as Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, and M.I.A., along the way, she appealed to the younger audience.
Madonna performed her new single “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” along with classics like “Vogue” and “Music.” Even though these songs were showcased, they were not necessarily sung live. They were rumored to be lip synced.
Sophomore Ross Lundy said the show could have been better.
“It wasn’t very good. They could have gotten an older band like they have in past years,” said Lundy.
The theatrics were amazing, but the show was upstaged by an obscene gesture by co-performer M.I.A.
M.I.A. was onstage for the performance of “Gimme Me All Your Luvin’,“ and unexpectedly flipped off the camera, making its way to millions over their television sets.
“Things like that should not have been on live TV,” said Lundy.
The obscenity was offense to viewers, as complaints filed in to the NBC network.
After the mishap, there were still some good moments in the show. Madonna ended with “Like A Prayer,” where Cee Lo Green accompanied her on a rising platform, showing the TV viewers the flashing lights from the stands as the back lights were turned off.
All in all, it will not go down as the worst halftime show, but it will not be the best either. Madonna, for age 53, proved she still has the spark that made her famous years ago. How long that spark will relate with audiences is the question.