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Super Bowl Halftime Performance of the Day/Madonna

Here….we…..f@#king…..go. 

In just five excruciatingly long days, our very own (and just so precious!) Philadelphia Eagles will take on that other team in Super Bowl LII, while Justin Timberlake will be taking the reigns as our halftime performance host with (hopefully) the most. 

While there’s little tea to be spilled as to what (or who???) Mr. Man of the Woods will be trotting out onto the field this Sunday (stay tuned for a complete Philly Mixtape style analysis later this week), the only thing to do is to tune in and watch it all go down (and that it will, that other teams fans) this Sunday night. 

But of course while we oh, so patiently wait for it all, it’s absolutely necessary to have a reminisce sesh (isn’t that right, Left Shark?) and spill about Super Bowl performances from the past….and kicking things is off is a gigantic set from Madonna that rocked our worlds on Feb 5th, 2012. 

Taking center stage, er, field, Madge burst into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis (this was the year the New York Giants beat that team the Eagles are playing) draped and dripping in Givenchy and Bulgari –with that Phillip Treacy crown!–armed with a fortress of Calvin Klein clad Roman-Egyptian Gods while serving us pure “Vogue” realness.

Collaborating with Cirque Du Soleil’s Jamie King and Moment Factory, the Material Girl delivered a high flying twelve minute spectacle that also included hits “Music,” (hey, LMFAO…where ya been?), “Give Me All Your Lovin,” and marching band/Cee Lo assisted versions of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart.” Closing with a halo clutching rendition of “Like a Prayer,” in which the legendary Ms. M literally dropped from the stage into a cloud of heavenly smoke. Like…literally. 

However….sigh….although Her Madge-sty’s now legendary sports showdown set a then Super Bowl halftime-show ratings record with 114 million viewers tuning in (higher than the game itself), it didn’t come off without a hitch…and it was all M.I.A.’s fault. For whatever reason, the “Paper Planes” spitstress decided to flip the world her middle bird during her closing verse on “Lovin,” where we soon learned what happens when you just don’t hit that censor button quite fast enough. M.I.A. was highly criticized for her bold expletive and later fined a whopping $16.6 million which was settled in a confidential agreement in 2014.

But whatever the court case may be (we also doubt Madonna and M.I.A. have spilled tea since then, although the “Frozen” diva did accept her apology), Madonna‘s half-time slay not only solidified another reason why we’re still completely obsessed with everything she does, but it set the bar for every performer who’s stepped in the half-time performance spotlight since. 

In a word, you watching, JT? Because you’ve got some serious werk to do this Sunday. So, Let’s do it. 

Go Birds!

Cover photo courtesy of Yahoo 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Michael Jackson/”Bad” Medley

To say the 1988 Grammy Awards aren’t a piece of music history would be a huge understatement because holy shit…they most certainly are. 

Not only did U2’s world-changing The Joshua Tree set win Album of the Year, but Ms. Jody Watley snatched it all for Best New Artist and our oh, so dearly departed Ms. Whitney Houston’s opening performance of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” only solidified her big win for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance that night. 

However, the true show stopping moment of the now three decade old evening (!!) occurred when the big, Bad maestro himself, Mr. Michael Jackson, took the stage to serve us with all kinds of life thanks to a career defining medley including “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and the record’s classic title track. 

While the rousing ten minute (!!) set became another exceptionally solidified reason as to why MJ will forever be the King of Pop, much to everyone’s surprise, Bad was completely shut out of every major category it was nominated in, which was rather shocking as it was this record where Jackson became–and is still is–the only male artist in Billboard chart history (Katy Perry claimed the diva crown with 2010’s Teenage Dream) to land five consecutive number one singles from one album. 

While we’ll never know why MJ only took home the Grammy for Best Engineered Non-Classical Album (say what?) that night, what we do know is that it really doesn’t matter because it’s performances like this one–and pretty much every other one he gave us–are the reason why everyone who takes that Grammy stage doesn’t hold a candle (although some have come close…but no) to what MJ bought on that legendary night thirty years ago as it will forever be in a magically BAD class of its own.

 

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Grammy Performance of the Day/Lady Gaga/”Born This Way”

We all know how it goes…..

……….there’s Grammy performances and then there’s Lady Gaga Grammy performances, which have more than proven over her now decade long career (yes The Fame is turning 10 this year and yes, you’re that old) to be some of the most fascinatingly bizarre and weirdly fabulous spectacles that we’ve ever witnessed in our entire pearl clutching lives. 

That statement certainly resides true in the future Las Vegas owning diva’s 2010 Grammy performance of “Born This Way” because you know…..the egg. 

While Ms. Germanotta’s performance of her still oh, so relevant anthem was absolutely Gaga-centric in all ways possible, it was her arrival on the red carpet straight from the supermarket that was just too far out-of-this-world (or should we say-out-of-this-chicken?)  for anyone to take seriously.

And if you did, you’re only kidding yourself because if Ryan Seacrest couldn’t, there’s no way you–or anyone–did for that matter. 

While we may never know if Gaga was truly incubating in that thing for three days (she spilled with Billboard that she really was..but where did she…oh, never mind, by the way, like, where is it??), we’re so lucky she’s toned down her bat-shit crazy ways as evident in her recent block buster Grammy nominated album, Joanne, which has certainly worked in all of the right ways….unlike that fucking egg. 

See you on the Grammy main stage this Sunday, gurl. 

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