Fans of music and American football have given wildly mixed reactions to the news that Bruno Mars will be playing the Super Bowl Half-time show.
Mars is set to perform with Red Hot Chili Peppers at XLVIII at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford NJ on 2 February 2014 when the New Orleans Saints take on the Seattle Seahawks. They'll be following in the footsteps of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, The Rolling Stones many more who have entertained millions during the legendary half-time performance.
While many have welcomed the news that rock veterans RHCP will be taking to the stage, Mars' appearance has split opinion to a much greater extent.
A comment piece on PolicyMic declared that Mars was 'the worst thing to happen to the Super Bowl, declaring that "while Mars may be a good singer and a decent songwriter, he is painfully devoid of any sort of charisma.
"He's the blandest of the bland in his fedora and jean jackets. His style isn't so much his own as the leftovers from Jason Mraz's closet. In terms of cultural weight, he pales in comparison to his generational peers — Beyoncé, JT, Miley, even Taylor Swift — to say nothing of the all-time greats that have played Super Bowls past. I can't think of a single person who's seen Bruno Mars in concert, and for good reason: His performances are polite, impeccable and utterly forgettable."
People also took to Twitter to share their dismay:
Superbowl 2014: No Patriots, no 49ers and Bruno Mars. I will need a lot of Beer!!! #SuperBowl— The Fluby (@thefluby) January 20, 2014
Bruno Mars is the weirdest choice for the Superbowl. He's so dull.— Liz (@captainboo) January 20, 2014
So instead of Bruno Mars can Beyoncé just perform at the Super Bowl again this year 😩🙏🙏🙏🙌— Shugga✨ (@luciemariee_) January 20, 2014
A lot of people however, are actually rather pleased:
Basically. I'm just looking forward to the Superbowl halftime show with Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers👍 pic.twitter.com/zpNfuWiEX4— Monica Navarrete (@MNavarrete_19) January 20, 2014
Whatever they’re paying Bruno Mars to play the Super Bowl, let’s start a Kickstarter to pay him more not to.— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) January 12, 2014
Everyone will win the super bowl this year because bruno mars is going to kill it at 1/2time— jon (@senderblock23) January 20, 2014
Super Bowl... Bruno Mars .. 13 days ... !!!! jdnusbsusndimsnxusnndidbbsuzndkvlmdshux— YoungDragon (@BrunoILikeYou) January 20, 2014
So happy Bruno Mars is gonna be performing at the superbowl☺️— Chlo'✨✌️ (@JDBrauhl1994) January 20, 2014
I'm excited to see bruno mars on super bowl :D— Criminal Minds 200 ♡ (@PTbabygirl) January 20, 2014
I think Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars playing at the Super Bowl will actually be pretty dope 😁😁😆😆— Darryl (@DblakMoore) January 20, 2014
Below: Photos of Beyonce live at the Super Bowl 2013