Most iconic Super Bowl halftime show: Michael Jackson or Madonna? | The Tylt
Most iconic Super Bowl halftime show: Michael Jackson or Madonna?
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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.”
Madonna showed up and showed out, and once again slayed as the ultimate show-woman during the 2012 halftime show. And she brought out plenty of guests to complete an elaborate performance—including LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. Watch her epic show below.