Even though a bunch of relatively (depending on your tastes) good looking men took to the field to fight for the Super Bowl trophy, the event was really dominated by a couple of beautiful, talented women.
Before the coin toss, Alicia Keys sang a slow piano version of The National Anthem, yes, live. Personally, I thought she did a good job of making the song her own, and we all know that it’s not the easiest song to sing.
Jennifer Hudson sang “America The Beautiful” accompanied by students from Sandy Hook Elementary choir. I think the unfortunate violent connection that JHud shared with these children made this performance very beautiful and moving.
Of course everyone was waiting for the big Halftime show featuring Beyonce and the return of Destiny’s Child. I could talk about a lot of the things that happened during this performance, and the aftermath on Twitter, but I’m just going to enjoy the fact that all of this happened.
Bonus Jay-Z hugging his wife backstage after her performance!!
Even though we learned this news months ago, the NFL officially announced Sunday night that Madonna will in fact be performing during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012. NBC confirmed the news during the the Sunday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints.
Madonna is said to be working with a team from Cirque du Soleil, multimedia artists from the Moment Factory and choreographer Jamie King to create what I’m sure will be an exciting performance. Past halftime performers include Prince, The Who and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.
Of course, things have been a little tame since one of Janet Jackson‘s nipple made an appearance, here’s hoping Madonna spices things up.
Super Bowl XLVI will take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The big draw for the Super Bowl each year is the commercials. Companies paid up to $3 million just for 30 seconds of airtime. For most, the money was well spent. For others, well, I may never eat another Dorito again. Here’s a look at the best!
1. Even though he claimed in his Brisk ad that he didn’t do commercials, Eminem certainly won the night for most memorable and emotional ads. He shilled tea in claymation, but went back to his hometown of Detroit for Chrysler. “Imported From Detroit” was well executed and thoughtful, and it actually made me proud of my little PT Cruiser.
2. It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without Budweiser. They had a number of ads this year, including one for Bud Light that featured dogs serving drinks, the best was “Wild West” that featured actor Peter Stormare bursting into song after a Bud.
3. This one hit the net before it’s official debut and has since gone viral. Volkswagen gave us a little kid desperate to use “The Force.” The little Darth Vader, Max Page, even did an interview with Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira this morning on The Today Show.
4. E*Trade got a new baby, and two new ads. One featured him and his cat, the other with his tailor. I wonder how his little milkaholic strawberry-blonde friend is doing.
5. He was everywhere this past week, so of course he would show up in his own SB commercial. Justin Bieber appeared in an ad for Best Buy‘s new trade in service. Ozzy Osbourne reminded us that he still exists, and that old guy looked familiar too.
6. The NFL itself turned out one of the better ads of the nights. The commercial featured beloved sitcoms and cartoons such as The Simpsons and Happy Days characters sporting their home team jerseys at their own Super Bowl parties.
7. The movies! We got to see teasers for Pirates of The Caribbean:On Stranger Tides, Captain America, Thor, Super 8 and Cowboys and Aliens. It’s going to be a crowded summer but I can’t wait.
Special shout out to the House promo. Nice that FOX realized that it has other hit shows besides Glee.