Black Eyed Peas Rocks the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Posted February 7, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Black Eyed Peas deliver electro halftime show, Christina Aguilera flops on “Spangled” lyrics

“I’ve got a feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night,” sings the Black Eyed Peas as they kicked off their eight-minute Super Bowl XLV party during the halftime show. Certainly over 207.7 million viewers already knew the real stars of the show were the victorious Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers (sorry Wiz Kihakifa), but the Black Eyed Peas – with over 47 million albums and singles sold under their belt – took the big show to to next level using radiant LED lights, glow-in-the-dark effects, Tron-inspired costumes, illuminated dance floors, sonic boom marching bands and tons of dancers. Slash pops up for a guitar solo and Usher made a special landing halfway into the act to kick off a well-choreographed performance of the “OMG.” Certainly the super medley – loaded with hits like “Where Is the Love?,” “The Time (Dirty Bit,” “Boom Boom Pow,” was full of glitches and mishaps: Fergie’s vocal proved to be shaky during first half, a broken “V'” on the platform, profane-proof versions took out some of the song’s steam, microphones weren’t balanced and acoustics were far from superior. But BEP, led by a determined, proved their presence at the game and made us all “have the time of our lives” by giving us all one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows to date. Certainly super bowl specials featuring Prince, the Rolling Stones and U2 were better executed, but Black Eyed Peas deserves their spot in the top tier ranking as well.

Christina Aguilera was in good voice during her presentation of the Star Spangled Banner. Despite her 2010 blunders (poor Bionic record sales, canceled tour, Burlesque), singing national anthems seems to work for her. All in love is fair, but definitely put to the test afterwards when complainers took to Twitter to criticize her lyrical flub (she replaced the lyric “O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming,” with “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming). She quickly apologized to the Associated Press aftwards saying she lost her place in the song. “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place,” she explained. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.” The critics’ attacks proved to be hilarious, but mind-boggling.

“Egypt thanks Christina Aguilera for botching the national anthem and bumping them off the Twitter trending list,” one user tweeted.

“Blowing the words of the anthem at the Super Bowl. Wow. Do they take away one of her five Grammys for that? Two?” Sports Illustrated’s Joe Posnanski added.



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J Matthew Cobb

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