Super Halftime Show Was A Hit

Lady Gaga kicked things off at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday with a pre-show performance of the National Anthem. The singer and American Horror Story: Hotel actress took the stage at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., where the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers were set to face off, and belted a soulful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Dressed in a red sparkly pantsuit, Gaga was accompanied by a pianist as she belted the song while standing on a platform in the center of the field. Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin translated in American Sign Language during Gaga’s rendition.

The news that Coldplay would be helming the Halftime Show at Super Bowl 50 left many fans scratching their heads in puzzlement: Although an undeniably massive act, the British band’s somewhat dreamy style seemed an odd fit for, well, an American event centered around a lot of partying and ruckus. Perhaps that’s why the NFL made the decision to bring back two of their best crowd-stirrers, Beyoncé (who handled the halftime show in 2013) and Bruno Mars (2014) for a little halftime show reunion of sorts.

Beyonce was the stand-out star of the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show, delivering an explosive performance of her new song, “Formation,” and the pop icon said backstage that it “felt great” to sing the new track in front of so many people. “It makes me proud,” Beyonce told ET’s Kevin Frazier, who caught up with the singer at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, after the halftime show ended. For Beyonce, “Formation” is more than just another song — she wants it to have a positive impact on her fans’ lives. “I wanted people to feel proud,” Beyonce said of the new single, “and have love for themselves.” For this year’s halftime show, Beyonce teamed up with Coldplay and Bruno Mars to create a dynamic and exuberant extravaganza of colors, dancing flower people and pyrotechnics. And while she was happy about showing off her new track, it wasn’t her favorite part of the show. “The best part was seeing Coldplay,” said Beyonce, who recently appeared on the Coldplay single “Hymn For the Weekend,” although they didn’t take the opportunity to perform the track together while rocking the halftime show.