Coldplay as the first artist to be confirmed for the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Global superstars Coldplay, winners of seven Grammy Awards, will perform at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Feb. 7, 2016, the NFL announced today during halftime of the Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions on CBS and NFL Network.

National Football League Coldplay Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

This announcement is just the beginning. Coldplay front man Chris Martin is designing a show that will echo elements of the NFL’s On the Fifty campaign – honoring the past, recognizing the present and looking ahead to the next 50 years, including other special artists.

Coldplay joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

Coldplay is one of the world’s most popular musical acts, selling more than 80 million copies of their six No. 1 albums and garnering eight BRITs. The band’s most recent world tour, 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto, was seen by more than three million people in five continents. Last week the band released their highly anticipated widescreen seventh album, ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

The Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 118.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show, marking the most-watched Halftime Show ever. The Super Bowl and Halftime Show will be broadcast worldwide from Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

HISTORY OF SUPER BOWL HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT

SUPER BOWL

HALFTIME

I

Universities of Arizona and Michigan Bands

II

Grambling University

III

“America Thanks” with Florida A&M University

IV

Carol Channing

V

Florida A&M Band

VI

“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill Team

VII

“Happiness Is…” with University of Michigan Band and Woody Herman

VIII

“A Musical America” with University of Texas Band

IX

“Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and Grambling University Bands

X

“200 Years and Just a Baby” Tribute to America’s Bicentennial

XI

“It’s a Small World” including crowd participation for first time with spectators waving colored placards on cue

XII

“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt

XIII

“Super Bowl XIII Carnival” Salute to the Caribbean with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bands

XIV

“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People

XV

“A Mardi Gras Festival”

XVI

“A Salute to the 60’s and Motown”

XVII

“KaleidoSUPERscope” (a kaleidoscope of color and sound)

XVIII

“Super Bowl XVIII’s Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen”

XIX

“A World of Children’s Dreams”

XX

“Beat of the Future”

XXI

“Salute to Hollywood’s 100th Anniversary”

XXII

“Something Grand” featuring 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes and Chubby Checker

XXIII

“Be Bop Bamboozled” featuring 3-D effects

XXIV

“Salute to New Orleans” and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts’ characters, featuring trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw & Irma Thomas

XXV

“A Small World Salute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” featuring New Kids on the Block

XXVI

“Winter Magic” including a salute to the winter season and the winter Olympics featuring Gloria Estefan, Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill

XXVII

“Heal the World” featuring Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children; finale included audience card stunt

XXVIII

“Rockin Country Sunday” featuring Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna & Naomi Judd; finale included flashlight stunt

XXIX

“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” featuring Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound Machine and stunts including fire and skydivers; finale included audience participation with light sticks

XXX

Diana Ross celebrating 30 years of the Super Bowl with special effects, pyrotechnics and stadium card stunt; finale featured Diana Ross being taken from the stadium in a helicopter.

XXXI

“Blues Brothers Bash” featuring Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi, also featuring “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown and ZZ Top

XXXII

“A Tribute to Motown’s 40th Anniversary” including Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and The Temptations

XXXIII

“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” featuring Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and tap dancer Savion Glover

XXXIV

“A Tapestry of Nations” featuring Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and an 80-person choir

XXXV

“The Kings of Rock and Pop” featuring Aerosmith, *N’SYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly

XXXVI

U2

XXXVII

Shania Twain, No Doubt and Sting

XXXVIII

Janet Jackson,  Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake

XXXIX

Paul McCartney

XL

The Rolling Stones

XLI

Prince

XLII

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

XLIII

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

XLIV

The Who

XLV

The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash

XLVI

Madonna with guests Cee Lo Green, LMFAO, M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj

XLVII

Beyoncé with guests Destiny’s Child

XLVIII

Bruno Mars with guests Red Hot Chili Peppers

XLIX

Katy Perry with guests Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz


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