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Most iconic Super Bowl halftime show: Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson?

The Super Bowl halftime show has given us some of the most entertaining and iconic pop music moments of all time—and that's why The Tylt wants you to vote on the greatest halftime show ever. In our first round, we have a tale of two Jacksons. Michael turned the halftime show into a prestigious musical event occupied by the world's greatest pop stars. Janet's underrated performance was plagued by "Nipplegate," but like her legacy, it's been reclaimed. Which performance is the most iconic?

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So, who you do think had the greatest Super Bowl Halftime performance of all time? Click the bracket below to vote in our other Super Bowl halftime show debates!

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Michael Jackson set the iconic tone for future Super Bowl halftime shows. Although the Super Bowl didn't exclusively book major pop acts until the aughts, M.J.'s 1993 performance paved the way. Rolling Stone recapped one of TV's most viewed, recording-breaking moments.

Jackson had been opening shows on the Dangerous tour by launching eight feet into the air, from a machine known as the toaster, then holding a pose in his navy-and-gold military jacket and sunglasses as the crowd roared. “He said, ‘Don’t queue the music to start, or anything else, until I break my wrist. I’m gonna feel it. I’m gonna feel it,'” Mischer recalls. “So he bops out of the toaster, and 20 seconds go by. Thirty seconds go by. It is now feeling like an eternity. His fans are screaming, but he just doesn’t give me the cue. … It got down to me saying, ‘Come on, Michael! Jesus Christ!’ It finally came down to a minute and 35 seconds – that’s like $15 million worth of advertising time.”

Watch the standard-setting performance below.

#SuperJanet

In 2004, Diddy, Nelly and Kid Rock all performed during the halftime show, but it was the main act, Janet Jackson, who everyone remembers. Janet invited Justin Timberlake onstage to close the show with his signature hit, "Rock Your Body." At the moment when Timberlake sings "I'm gonna have you naked by the end of this song," Timberlake ripped off her breastplate, exposing her right breast covered with a nipple shield, popularizing the phrase "wardrobe malfunction."

Janet was blackballed by not only the NFL, but throughout the broadcast industry—including MTVWhile "Nippelgate" nearly ruined the Empress of Pop's career, her legacy has been revisited in the wake of #MeToo and the JanFam has gone on to reclaim her underrated, but highly entertaining Super Bowl performance. Watch it below.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Most iconic Super Bowl halftime show: Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson?
A festive crown for the winner
#SuperMichael
#SuperJanet