I’m not going to lie to you: I don’t follow football. I’ll even be more straightforward and say that I’m not a sports fan. At all. With that said, I still watched the entire superbowl, and therefore bore witness to Madonna’s half-time extravaganza. Before I really go into it, however, I feel like I should discuss M.I.A. For a short time — a very short time — I was a fan. I own exactly one M.I.A album, 2010’s Maya, and “Paper Planes” is a damn good song. But what does it say about a polilitcal artist like M.I.A to backup someone like Madonna? The fact at Nicki Minaj takes part in it makes perfect sense; they’re very much cut from the same cloth. I may not like this sort of pop music, but I can appreciate style, and artists like Nicki Minaj, Madonna and Lady Gaga all have a very unique sense of style. I don’t, however, appreciate it when an artist presents his or herself as being more than that and then ends up backing Madonna. I was going to write that with a more universal flair, but fuck it.
Now, the actual show. As previously stated, I’m not a pop fan, but pop artists are certainly more suited to this type of affair than a rock band. What plays best during halftime is a spectacle, and that’s something rock outfits rarely offer anymore. The Who tried it, but their performance fell terribly flat. There is an argument to be made for The Boss’ halftime show a few years back, but I always feel that Bruce has somewhat of an unfair advantage just by being himself. Madonna put on a pretty respectable show, and that was all due to the spectacle.