February 8, 2016


Review: Coldplay, Beyoncé & Bruno Mars' Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

So: Was it one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of the millennium? Three years after Beyoncé shredded the stage solo (and, yeah, with some kickass help from Destiny's Child), Coldplay headlined the Super Bowl 50 halftime show with Bey and Bruno Mars at their side—plus a li'l appearance from Mark Ronson. And we're gonna answer that opening question with a huge YES!!! (Side note in the YES!!! Department: Beyoncé also just announced a three-month Formation World Tour. Get all the dates here.)

The 13-minute dynamite performance included rainbow violins, a zestily outfitted army of band geeks and a stage reminiscent of Coldplay's psychedelic A Head Full of Dreams album art. Bruno and some buds rolled up with '90s rap/R&B vibes (Ronson scratching on a turntable) to the now-immortal "Uptown Funk"; Bey turned up on the actual field itself with a couple dozen black-clad dancers to perform her brand new, one-day-old song "Formation." Before things wrapped, we got a beautiful montage of tons of Super Bowl halftime shows of years past, including clips of Michael JacksonThe Rolling Stones and Whitney Houston

The Coldplay/Beyoncé/Bruno Mars Super Bowl halftime show setlist went like this:

–"Yellow" snippet
–"Viva La Vida"
–"Adventure of a Lifetime"
–"Uptown Funk"
–"Crazy in Love"/"Uptown Funk"/"Formation" medley
–"Clocks" piano intro
–"Fix You"

On Saturday, Bey dropped the unbelievably dope, Big Freediafeaturing "Formation," both as a video and free download. Coldplay released A Head Full of Dreams, their seventh and possibly final album, in December 2015.

Lady Gaga opened Super Bowl 50 with a stunning take on the National Anthem. Watch her kill it right here.