Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Draws Mixed Reviews

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Madonna positioned herself as the queen of a new generation of pop stars at the Super Bowl halftime show — complete with throne — but didn’t have complete control of her show.

Guest singer M.I.A. flipped the middle finger to the audience after uttering a barely disguised expletive during a performance of Madonna’s new single. M.I.A. was one of two guests who contributed vocals to the bubblegum pop song, “Give Me All Your Luvin’,” along with Nicki Minaj. Dance rockers LMFAO and singer Cee Lo also joined the halftime show.

“Madonna rocking … well received here in the stadium,” WFAN’s Boomer Esiason posted to his Twitter account.

“When did Madonna forget how to dance?” tweeted Craig Carton, Boomer’s morning show co-host. “Oh thats right last time she had a hit.”

PHOTOS: Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime show

Madonna seemed like Roman royalty when muscle-bound men carried her extravagant throne across the football field to the stage for her opening song, “Vogue.”

The singing and dancing on that song was smartly choreographed, as Madonna moved more deliberately but still adroitly in moves that took into account that she’s now in her 50s. She briefly appeared to stumble at one point while trying to make a step on the stage set, but recovered in time.

She let a tightrope walker make the more acrobatic moves during a performance of “Music.”

That song was augmented by dance rockers LMFAO, who performed a snippet of “Party Rock” as Madonna joined them in a brief routine.

Madonna carried gold pompons for a performance of her new single. Twitter was alight with questions about the vocals being lip synched or augmented by tapes, particularly during this song.

At the end of her lines, M.I.A. appeared to sing “I don’t give a (expletive),” although it was hard to hear clearly. Her extension of a middle finger to the audience was clearly visible, though. The camera shot briefly blurred after that, but too late.

The best guest was clearly Cee Lo, who joined Madonna for the final song, “Like a Prayer.” They were joined by a robed chorus in the show’s most soaring performance.

With a puff of white smoke, Madonna disappeared down a trap door in the stage, and lights on the field spelled out “World Peace.”

The veteran star’s vocals were not strong throughout, lending to the sense of distance during the spectacle.

Earlier, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert offered some pregame patriotism. Shelton and Lambert did a twangy duet on “America the Beautiful” and Clarkson, in a simple black dress, sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

What did you think of the halftime show? Sound off below…

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One Comment

  1. Leonardo says:

    Madonna Is and Madonna Will Be Madonna.
    The Show was a Show and she delivered so beautifully.

    The who complain are the ones who don’t accomplish anything at all, you like it, love it, hate it, wanted somebody else it did not matter she does it and better than anybody + some.

    Madonna is a LEGEND you morrons.

    1. Teresa says:

      Who are you calling a morron? A morron is the Spanish name for a certain variety of peppers. I’m pretty sure when you tried to insult people you actually meant to call them morons, not peppers.

      1. bleh says:

        idk, its always good to mix it up every now and then

        1. Scorpio says:

          Maybe leo was trying to call us marrons, which is spanish for “browns”

          either way you’re a racist bigot with no taste and lack of dexterity on a keyboard.

          1. Tomás Burgos says:

            Actually, ‘browns’ would be ‘marrones,’ not ‘marrons.’

    2. ezrider says:

      People are merely leaving thier opinions “you moron”. You can’t respond with your own opinion without name calling? Makes you sound like a moron! LOL…

    3. Jennifer says:

      If you are going to imply that anyone else is a “morron” you might want to make sure you use correct spelling, otherwise it makes you look like a moron.

      BTW, Madonna hasn’t put out anything worthwhile since the early nineties and the halftime show proved that she is way too old to be acting like she’s a hot young artist.

      1. Ann Baker says:

        You hit the nail on the head Jennifer. At some point didn’t she try to prove that she could do a one-arm pushup? Three words: GIVE.IT.UP

      2. Kevin says:

        yes, moron should be spelled correctly. And you should educate yourself before YOU make moronic comments. Madonna has had # 1 hits and lots of Top 10 hits since the early 90’s. Who are you to comment on her age or career Jennifer? What have you accomplished in your lifetime? Probably not much I’m guessing.

    4. Tomás Burgos says:

      The eighties rock. The two best halftime shows in recent history have been from iconic 80s pop royalty; Prince and Madonna.

    5. Save Your Money!!! says:

      Madonna said her tickets start at 300 dollars and save your money becuase she is worth it…you have to be kidding me. I will definitely save my money, I wouldn’t pay $3.00 to see this act. Ialmost thought it was a parody of a Madonna show, I was laughing my but off with the slow-motion cartwheels.

    6. suze barone says:

      Amen, Leonardo and Dylan; that was the best half time show Ive seen in 30 yrs; Michael Jackson was great, but all the props, choreography, numerous songs (varying from wild to saintly) was tremendous; those that did not approve must be living in some bubble if they cannot recognize true talent when they see it. Madonna is and has always been an Icon in America..I got 3 phone calls after her performance from friends and relatives so overwhelmed that 50 something or not, the lady still has it and looks fabulous to boot. Suze

  2. Dave says:

    C’mon, Madonna’s a wholly untalented singer, and actually not a singer at all (her routine is all studio production), who sings putrid music. What would you expect? Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, or Barbra Streisand she’s NOT! Heck, she’s not even Carol King or Karen Carpenter or Diana Ross, none of who were all that great. Only in an era where real talent or TASTE count for little could a Madonna have gotten away with her schtick.

    1. Ana says:

      I have 2 agree completely with Dave on this one. I may only be 19 years old, but I know good music when I hear it,but sadly it is something I rarely hear with my generation’s so called “music”. I mean, the sounds of 2day r like, NOTHING compared 2 the wonderful meaningful songs of the past. Things r just 2 fake and digital for my liking =/
      Oh, and don’t make fun of the elderly, man =\ Not cool. I’m sure they have enough 2deal with.

      1. Melissa says:

        Like anyone cares what a Gen Y-er thinks! You should be in bed too!

        1. Jack says:

          While I’d usually appreciate your thinly veiled condescending attitude, I’m finding it both sad and pathetic. Clearly people as unbelievably stupid as you shouldn’t be allowed to live. That’s what’s wrong with our society. Sigh. Oh, and QED.

          1. Robyn says:

            Yeah, seriously? I’m 22, and it makes me sick to my stomach to hear the techno bubblegum pop that all the retards call music now. I miss the 80’s, 90’s and even early 2000’s where music wasn’t /seriously annoying to hear./

            It also makes me sad I was one of the only people I know who cringed at how massively lame this halftime was. Seemed targetted towards preteen girls and housewives to me. Why can’t they make a halftime for the target audience?

            1. coco187 says:

              madonna never disapoints. been there from the begining. I loved it. how she dropped it like its hot three times. not bad for being 53 years old. she rocks.

      2. Allison says:

        I understand your point about pop music today being fake and highly digitized, but the merit of your comment is a bit diminished by your use of “2day,” “r,” and “2deal.” If you have the mental capacity to recognize and appreciate “real” music, you should at least be able to type real words. For the record, this is coming from a twenty-five-year-old who enjoys not only Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand, Carole King, and Karen Carpenter, but heck, even a Madonna song or two.

    2. Johnny be good says:

      lol@melissa good point

    3. Kevin says:

      blah blah blah Dave…your comment was more boring than I image you are in person

  3. Bill says:

    I think she is just about done. Her new songs have no real energy. The only thing the same about her is her ego and self-indulgence. Sorry old girl, time waits for no one.

    1. Michael says:

      Is Bill really Jack posting under different names? She was good, not great, but good. We were there for the game, and the entertainment in between. 7 out of 10!

    2. jadez says:

      dont include strisand who cant sing with the greats.

    3. dmcasiano says:

      Madonna was awful and anyone who says otherwise is giving her credit for her work from 30 years ago. I LOVED when the game was going to resume after the halftime Madonna “parody” and NBC played a Lady Gaga song. How appropriate.

      1. greg says:

        Edge of Glory was the perfect song to play at the beginning of the second half of the game.

        I thought Madonna put on a great SHOW, couldn’t take my eyes off the screen.

        HOpe to see Gaga next year at halftime, then we can argue which entertainer was the best.


  4. Jack says:

    She has lost her edge. I used to enjoy her music, but her new songs are very weak. The only thing that hasn’t changed is her attitude. She should tone down the arrogance, don’t you think?

  5. Steve - Arizona says:

    The worst half time show ever! I’ve seen all of them… Phoney lip syncing crap! I find it hard to believe that ANYONE actually liked it. Gene Simmons called it exactly right, karaoke half time show… I hope the NFL never has anyone remotely as bad as this on halftime ever again. The performers should be required to actually perform instead of prancing around and pretending. Tina Turner would’ve been a much better choice, even at Tina’s age she would’ve rocked circles around Madonna. Shame on the NFL for putting this garbage on at half-time… I almost threw up all my Super Bowl snacks….

    1. Kathy says:

      You are crazy… The last five years of half time shows have been horrible. Boring, and horribly boring! And yeas although I would prefer no lip synching . It was still the most entertaining half time show in many years. At least it didn’t make me want to leave the room.

      1. Jenn says:

        LOL I left the roon, Madonna was awful!!!!!

      2. Kyle says:

        Are you out of your mind? The old school rockers like Petty and The Who blow this garbage off the stage. Enough of these phoney pop singers. If you cant even sing your own damn songs, you shouldnt be performing.

        1. Chris Fabri says:

          Agree, I thought The Who rocked it. We need more bands that defined the age of rock. Bring on Bands like RUSH and see what real music is on real instruments.

      3. George says:


      4. HB says:

        While I agree that it wasn’t the worse. To call it the most entertaining in many years I think is very much so incorrect. I’m not sure how old your are but lest we forget Prince a few years ago? He was amazing and actually sang! I really do thing that although Madonna was interesting and talented to some at one time, she is no longer. She can’t really sing well and now that she is much older its more apparent. Sometimes people should just go out while their still considered legends especially if they no longer really need the money.

    2. GeneralTHC says:

      No, Gene Simmons was wrong. Karaoke would involve singing.

    3. Gary says:

      Agree 110%

    4. Rick~ Nashville says:

      Steve- apparently you didn’t watch the pitiful Black Eyed Peas perform last year. Yawn. That was pretty bad. Madonna definitely outperformed them. Everyone blasting on Madonna because of her age is ridiculous. 53 is not that old. I am assuming it is a bunch of teenagers or early 20 year olds making those statements. Look forward to seeing what you look like at that age. Madonna rocked it! End of story.

      1. greg says:

        I liked the Black Eyed Peas last year, and I thought their song, I Gotta Feeling, was a great song for the occasion. But I agree, Madonna was better. I just wish Madonna had been the only one front and center, with maybe a few backup dancers. What lessened the qualify of the show for me was just too much stuff going on. Then again, I’m sure she was paid handsomely for a “spectacle”, and she surely put one on!

    5. Jeremy says:

      Gene Simmons calling someone’s act a karaoke event is like a mute singing Milli Vanilli tracks. How many KISS albums were recorded with the actual band members, and not studio artists on instruments?

      That being said, Stevie Wonder watched it and shook his head in utter disbelief. These “artists” are artists, just of the scam type. Having a performer sing live on such an event is too risky for the money hungry record labels, because people wouldn’t be so inclined to go buy a ticket to a show after hearing how horrible they are “live”.

      And the all elusive “they” wonder why the industry is losing millions on downloads… No one wants to pay $16.99 for 20 tracks of crap.

  6. minette says:

    it’s not her age, it’s those stupid boots. no one can dance well in those. seriously. she should’ve worn something she could actually MOVE in without fear of toppling or twisting her ankle. if she could’ve moved, she would’ve felt more secure and “owned it” more. all told, she did just fine. the show was better than some, not as great as others. loved the cleopatra and wicked witch of the west references, regardless.

    1. steve says:

      As much as I am a fan, I agree that she looked tentative in those boots…
      Madonna has always been a slave to cutting edge fashion and I think this time it worked against her. That said, the pure spectacle and show design were pretty amazing – those who are complaining no doubt would never like anything Madonna would do, so their comments are irrelevant.

  7. RJ O'Guillory says:

    …from a theatrical perspective,…I thought the show was entertaining,..exotic and complicated from a technical standpoint,….overall,…very entertaining,

    …from a societal perspective,….I found it a disgusting display of a dying culture,…the whole scale of the show said “dying empire”… from the fake roman soldiers dragging her Madonna’s elderly ass in to the stadium,…all the way through the vast array of diversity that was on display, though America has moved beyond the racial, corrupt behavior exhibited around the world…while killing people of color,…killing cultures and behaving like war criminals as we steal everyone’s natural resources,

    ….it seemed sad to me that such a display of “entertainment” only paints the American public as sick consumers of death and destruction, long as some old broad like Madonna can still do it,…all that corrupt death and destruction around the world is cool, long as the Super Bowl gets great ratings,…

    …sad,..very sad,…


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

    1. NJCathie says:

      You have me at “However…..” 🙂

    2. Jeff says:

      Shameless attempt at self promotion. After reading your comment, I wonder how you could be an author? Aren’t you contributing to the “sick consumers of death and destruction” image by self promoting yourself online?! Go scribble in your note pad!

      1. RJ O'Guillory says:

        Jeffry,…i hope my response to Deborah answered some of the angst in your comment,….I grew up in a corrupt law enforcement family, the town CBS News chose as “the perfect American Suburb”,….and in spite of barely getting out of high-school, college,…I still managed to create an international business career,…..Japan,..Germany, Hungary,..Bosnia…climbed Mt. Fuji,…received a personal tour of Air Force One,….but if you read my book, will understand I’m trying to contribute to ending an awful lot of death and destruction,…..families,…..our..children,..societies…

        …so I don ‘t mean to anger you so quickly,…


        RJ O’Guillory
        Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

        1. Stacie says:

          I wonder… how… many…dot…dot…dots…are in your book. It seems like you could fill up a lot of space with that. I picture you hyperventilating while you’re typing…or…maybe…you’re…William Shatner in real life?

          1. RJ O'Guillory says:

            Ha! That’s funny…accurate as well….you see, I just try to write slowly for most,..break it up in digestible bites,…but I’ll consider your pov,…Ha! read my book anyway,..we’re working on a film project for it,…


            RJ O’Guillory
            Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

            1. Rip says:

              Normally, an ellipses has three dots. Your numbers seem random and inconsistent…much like your writing. Perhaps an education would have served you well.

              1. RJ O'Guillory says:

                Hey RIP,

                …I agree .perhaps with a better formal education, my elipses may have been better used …but if you go back and read some of Mark Twain’s writings .his punctuation could have been better,…..and yet…look at his legacy,..? Now, I don’t claim to be MT,….yet,….but I do have a book, I have lived abroad and experienced a great deal of the world,…and I’ve written a book that most people who read it, really enjoy it,….so wow, imagine if I’d had parents or a society that did not have their heads up their asses during the 60’s and 70’s… are right, perhaps my dots would be used more seriously,….right now,…not that serious,….so find some other reason to abuse me,….Ha!


                RJ O’Guillory
                Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

            2. abbi says:

              WE ALL THINK YOU ARE GREAT AND WE ALL KNOW ABOUT YOUR BOOK. Those who are truly great need not try to convince others of it……very impressed.

              1. RJ O'Guillory says:

                Abbi,…thank you for such zen-like advice,…..please go back to masturbating yourself,..besides, without your ability,..and the opportnity to attack my manhood, ego or personality,… what would you have done tonight with the rest of your sad, lonely, unaccomplished life?


                RJ O’Guillory
                Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

                1. Tom says:

                  I can’t fathom that you didn’t attend a university. That can’t all be natural talent, can it?

                  1. RJ O'Guillory says:

                    …that was funny,…I love great sarcasm,….but actually,..I did attend a “University”…

           was when I was about 22, OakBrook, Illinois,…and it was called Hamburger University,…made the Dean’s list I did,…and it was some of the most helpful education I could have received,…..I don’t know, how about yourself,..? I went on to be a certified Diversity Instructor, a business and financial instructor,….was a certified EEO Investigator…as well as a certified Sanitation expert and instructor…I was certified in the management of about 20 name-brand business or restaurants,….and taught business management in over a dozen different countries and cultures,….as well as being invited aboard Air Force One for a personal tour (during GHW Bush’s term)….

                    …and that’s not counting the federal whistle-blower designation I received because I fought every bit of corruption I came across…for over twenty years,…so yes,…regular university may have been good for me,…but I learned more at McDonald’s HU than most four year, graduated college students…

                    …it helped me deal with Generals, embassy folks and UN Personnel, I’m grateful,…


                    RJ O’Guillory
                    WEbster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

                    1. GK says:

                      I don’t mind the use of an ellipsis, I use them all the time, but… you just ruined it for me. And if you’re gonna use them, use them correctly!!!!!!!!

                      BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH

                    2. Jeremy says:

                      Kind Sir,

                      If you did indeed fight every bit of corruption during a two decade long tenure, you obviously failed quite miserably.

                      And, if you are such a super important human being, you surely wouldn’t be wasting your time defending your conquests on a news site that even I, of feeble mind, only found because of a link from another.

                      You may have traveled abroad, visited Generals and acquired years of degrees…

                      But I had three naked female strippers on me, while “Macho Man” Randy Savage commentated play-by-play during my bachelor party.

                      In closing, no one gives a fecal matter of your title, your accomplishments, or my lack thereof. Eat some humble pie, and you will truly have learned something in your distinguished lifetime.

                    3. RJ O'Guillory says:


                      …no, I see no reason to be humble,..about this topic, on this thread,..anywhere…
                      especially when I’m positive that I’ve accomplished all of the things I’ve stated,…I’m sorry that your life has been as disappointing as it has been so far,..perhaps you can fix that in the future?

                      ..regarding the issue of the corruption,…yes, I did accomplish something with my actions,..I insured people received the earned amounts of money they were promised,..I helped people being attacked and discriminated against because of there gender, race or ethnicity,…I personally caught a DoD executive breaking the law, and reprising against a “protected whistle-blower”…so I am very proud of my actions and attempts to prevent abuse and illegal actions on the part of our government,….systemic, corrupt behavior,…that I fought for over twenty years,..and won, in the end,….as they were required to pay for my retirement, pay for their abusive actions towards me,…and I preserved my soul, by not accepting the criminal, illegal intimidation that people in power like to abuse,…

            , no…I think I’ll be as arrogant and opinionated as I want to be,…because I’ve done all of that, spite of being genetically epileptic,…how about you?


                      RJ O’Guillory
                      Webster Groves-The Life of an Insane Family

                    4. RJ O'Guillory says:

             I wished I’d spell-checked my previous post, see, I can admit to error and be humble….



                2. abbi says:

                  hahahahahah touch a nerve, somewhere?? Very classy response, I might add. Wonderful spelling. Have your “editor” read your comments too, hopefully he/she knows a thing or two more about writing than you.

                  And maybe tonight, I’ll write a book to end my sad, lonely, unaccomplished evening. If you can do it, anyone probably can!

    3. JC says:

      RJ, re: your societal perspecive: this is most insightful, your words struck very close to the true reason for the spectacle. Someone else made the comment that it seems to be geared toward Pre-teen girls and housewives, exactlyl abd ibce again, close to the real reason, although most won’t see it as conditioning, it clearly is.
      Combine the conditioning of the public with the desire, on the part of the movers, to present our country in the worst possible light, while inciting yet more hatred of America and it’s citizens, and I think the picture becomes clearer still. The old Kabalist is past her prime, but still has to dance to the tune of her controllers.

    4. JC says:

      RJ, re: your societal perspecive: this is most insightful, your words struck very close to the true reason for the spectacle. Someone else made the comment that it seems to be geared toward Pre-teen girls and housewives, exactly, again, close to the real reason, although most won’t see it as conditioning, it clearly is.
      Combine the conditioning of the public with the desire, on the part of the movers, to present our country in the worst possible light, while inciting yet more hatred of America and it’s citizens, and I think the picture becomes clearer still. The old Kabalist is past her prime, but still has to dance to the tune of her controllers.

  8. Denise Fike says:

    we watch because a train wreak draws you utter disbelief.
    lets see, how many motifs, Egyptian, was she channeling the “arab Spring”? Roman gladiator, gymnatics, fashion, it all looked like a yoga, step class gone way wrong. and, speaking as a woman of a certain age, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should’ The dominatrix look only made her look older.

    1. Carey says:

      Wow, couldn’t have said it better myself. No energy and blah performance. I think I could have done those basic moves and I am pushing 70!

  9. NJCathie says:

    Pathetic, can we ever just get a good halftime show? Coldplay would have been nice…Elton. My gosh, we are not looking for a bad Broadway show, just a fun halftime show.

  10. Isabelle de Leon says:

    La mejor cosa que e visto en anos! Madonna, te amo!

  11. Jean says:

    12 wasted minutes of my life I will never get back

  12. davo says:

    I’ve never liked Madonna
    I’ve never liked Halftime shows
    I’m the same age as Madonna
    I’ve seen every Superbowl and Halftime show
    That was the best halftime show ever.

  13. Margaret says:

    She was lip syncing, nearly fell off her shoes in the opening number and was just walking through it as if she were wearing new shoes – Had to turn it off – too embarrassing

  14. Molly says:

    What, there was a game before and after Madonna’s performance? LoL – only watched her performance and was blown away!

    1. NJCathie says:

      Have no idea what you were watching, Margret said it right, she lip synced, kept looking like she was falling and walked through the entire performance. She as a sad shell of herself. It reminded me of Brittany Spears bad performance at the Grammy’s.

  15. Stephanie says:

    That better not be a homophobic comment Vince!

    1. Johnny Be good says:

      Stephanie it’s a free world and you can’t control what anyone says , fortunately and unfortunately. That’s the beauty and the curse if someone wants to make a questionable comment they can, and that’s the bad part of it, just like your threat is. Just cause you are having a bad day doesn’t mean someone else can’t have a good day. Now drink your milk and go to bed. He can say whatever the hell he wants, cause that’s what the constitution promises,

  16. Jeff says:

    I hope you were saying that was a good thing???

  17. Judith says:


  18. Pete says:

    No need to quote Craig Carton. He’s an embarrassment and a disgrace to WFAN and sports-talk radio.

  19. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Jeff, you didn’t get my comment I was DEFENDING Madonna by mentioning some old male entertainers who should quit while they can still walk without a cane. She was great and is in better shape than some 20 year olds! Love Madonna!

    1. Jeff says:

      OK, Glad you clarified. Your first comment was all about the negative.

  20. Denise says:

    I’m from Australia and had to wait impatiently for about 25 mintues after the performance to find a link to the performance on the internet (could’nt watch the game online as only available to US citizens)…I must say, it was well worth the wait, being naughty and watching it at work without my colleagues catching me. She’s an incredible artist! Come down under Madonna, we won’t critise you, only worship you!

    1. Jane says:

      What a shame you couldn’t watch it via the free online streaming! But glad you got to see it and didn’t get fired for watching it at work. At least you have your priorities right! I loved it too and thought it was amazing!

  21. Deborah Jeffries says:

    To be clear about my last comment, I was defending Madonna against the ageism that targets women. Plenty of old men in the business like The Rolling Stones and The Who whose glory days were over years ago. I thought Madonna was great and her body puts 20 somethings to shame. You go girl, two snaps!

  22. JMlira says:

    The Queen of 2 octive singing should no longer be active! I think they took her back to the home after halftime. Not only is she long past her prime, but it was past her bedtime!

  23. susan says:

    aw shoot..i missed most of the halftime except “like a prayer”..i understand the “one finger salute ” was given and that was the reason for part of the show to be blurred by the network..not really as bad as janet jackson and the “wardrobe malfunction ” of a few years ago when her breast was bared to all. i.think they want the superbowl to be “family entertainment”, so the networks keep tabs on the halftime show..i never have been a madonna fan,but you dont have to be 25 to have a good body and be an entertainer who draws attention,although she is getting more to the point of a name las vegas showroom entertainer,rather than one for mainstream america…

  24. Loved It says:

    Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Did I mention I loved it? Well, yes, I loved it! What is that you ask? Did I love it? Well, yes, I loved it.

  25. Gavin says:

    Now now Madonna critics, give the Queen all your L.U.V! Awesome performance Madonna! Hats off to you

  26. Michael says:

    Bet none of you could have done even a glit of what she did. Tho not a huge madonna fan, I still find her entertaining, and quite the draw for an audience. Could have been worse. Mariah carey could have pretended to be someone important or they could have given the stage to the already worn out, predictible, and uttlerly boring Lady Gaga.

    I enjoyed the show. Obviously too many people have way too much time on their hands to come on a board only to complain, harass, critisize, and bully other people. God speed to you all, as trying to do his job will only land you in trouble later.

  27. Mya says:

    MDNA gave us everything we needed! L.U.V Madonna!

    1. RLennyPincus says:

      I was in a roomful of Madonna fans who thought she was ridiculously bad. Obviously lip sync’ed btw.

      1. Dan says:

        How did you manage to fill a room with Madonna fans?

      2. Max says:

        What, you have friends? Like, real friends? Living, breathing people, because you do know that imaginery friends don’t count!

  28. Kevin says:

    Age is Kinder to men than women. Haven’t you noticed?

    Seriously, Madonna looked positively wizened.

  29. Deborah Jeffries says:

    Mick Jagger is OLD and should hang it up. What are you gonna keep doing this until you’re 90? At some point like Cher showing it all at 70 is sickening and The Rolling Stones shouldn’t be called boys when one of them is 75 that’s elderly. Know when to fold them and call it a day. Nothing worse than seeing an elderly rock star trying to be 20 again.

    1. jeff says:

      She looked and moved better than the football players. Guess you are just jealous. Why don’t you share a picture of yourself?

  30. Giovanni says:

    What is it with ageism? Prince is the same age as Madonna, and nobody brought that up when he performed. Since when life stops at 50 ????

  31. Big Fan says:

    Best half-time show ever! Go MDNA!

  32. Kevin says:

    Didn’t Madonna say “I’m 50 and I know it” at one point in the show? Frankly, I thought she showed her age quite a bit and I was less than impressed. Of course, I’ve never been a fan, so consider the source y’all.

  33. Monica says:

    Half Time is to be entertaining, but you you all clearly seen Madonna could not dance. She look crippled and horrible as if she couldn’t move her body. The worst half time performance ever.

    1. Jeff says:

      Go to bed, grandma. Thanks for sharing

    2. Marie says:

      @ Jeff – ROFL buddy! So say you (and I agree)!

  34. Greta says:

    Absolutely amazing!

  35. Trina Singleton says:

    I can’t knock Madonna since she’s in her 50’s still singing, dancing, and making music but it wasn’t the best Half Time show.

  36. Brad says:

    She was awesome as usual! Looks fantastic! She is absolutely the Queen!

  37. Georgette George says:

    Best half time show ever! Madonna was amazing! Better than the Black Eyed peas who can’t sing or dance anymore! This was a show a full blown production!

  38. Elisa says:

    It was an amazing performance and incredible 12 minutes of entertainment. Madonna should not be held accountable for the actions of M.I.A who is an absolute idiot and always in the media for trying to be rebellious. Madonna is an amazing performer and entertainer, and no one could ever compare! Go Madonna!

  39. George says:

    This was a great show, I am so proud that the Super Bowl Halftime Show was a musical showcase of talent that was family friendly without vulgar and obscene lyrics. I did realize that something was not kosher when the screen got fuzzy, and I believe what that guest lyricist said and did does not mar the overall performance that Madonna put on. This was the BEST!

  40. Judy Harrison says:

    Madoona is used to criticism. She did a great job and even though he age has to be mentioned, I don’t know many women at 53 that can move like her. I agree the vocals were not loud enough. She had nothing to do with that. She had a lovely voice. I did not like the pom pom dance of Madonna, I have seen her do many other exciting songs. She behaved herself, she acted like a lady and was of course as beautiful as ever. I would love to look so beautiful at 53.

  41. Lala Land says:

    I thought everyone was horrible and egoistic.
    Ugly, and so yesterday for all the performers.
    So bad it almost made the Giant’s lose ,but we won.

    1. jeff says:

      ??????You are obviously not born with a taste gene.

    2. John says:

      Get a life!

  42. Dylan says:

    I tought she did a great job, better than watching The Who being pushed out onto the stage in wheelchairs. Big pressure, and I was not expecting much from Madonna, but she really did a great job.

    1. Tyler says:

      I feel like it doesn’t matter who is on that stage…. some people will just never be happy………….. ;( its tragic…. where is our sense of community.. show a little pride and just be kind.

    2. barbara says:

      Oh, please.

    3. P.Doyle says:

      I liked the music. The staging was a monument to excess.
      I suppose, though, that that was not the only example of excess on Super Bowl Sunday.
      Glad that the Giants won.

    4. Alex says:

      I completely agree. People are hating because she is considered old to be doing these things, but if someone can tell me that Madonna can’t put on a show has to be crazy. I don’t care if your not a fan, but you can’t say Madonna is not a performer. The stage was amazing, the guest stars did amazing, and by far one of the best performance I seen in the super bowl in a while. The who, black eyed pea and others did not put nearly as good of a show as her.

    5. benton says:

      i agree. i thought it was the best haldtime preforance ever

    6. steve says:


    7. X-Factor says:

      Madonna’s time has come and gone. She should be a retired judge for Simon Cowell. Her performance was like watching slow motion. I don’t know what she was trying to do with LMFAO, but a choreographer she is not!!!!

  43. Alexa says:

    Madonna owned it. I don’t care how old she is, she still rocks, and this was one of the most glittering and inspired performances she’s ever done.

    1. liz says:

      she does not rock, she did not own it, it was a complete embarrassment! I was just waiting for her to fall off the stage!
      she “used to rock” > NO MORE!

      1. Kat says:

        I agree, I was actually embarrassed for her!

    2. Claudia says:

      Well said Jeff!!

    3. Margaret says:

      with you 100% – it’s got nothing to do with being her age and still performing – she did not perform to her capacity during the opening number and she was lip syncing – it is too bad she does not respect her fans more

  44. Jim says:

    Half time sucked. Weak and boring performance. Madonna hang it up.

    1. Michael says:

      Obviously someone with no talent and who is much more comfortable being a couch potatoe with a beer in one hand, and bag of greasy food in the other!

    2. Sarah says:

      Jim doesnt have to have a talent to criticize that Madonna was bad! She cant dance, it looked like she was lip synching, and its not the 80’s. She definitely does not have any good new music out. They could have put a new, better performer out. For instance, Lady Gaga, a true to date, entertainer!

      1. Michael says:

        Lady Gaga ripped off Madonna’s “Express Yourself” so how can you say she is an entertainer? She’s a copy cat, and bad one too!

  45. kate says:

    I thought the staging was not very original and her performance lacked the kind of energy that comes with really going all out (regardless of age–it was a lack of emotional energy, not fancy dance steps)…energy…

    1. Rose says:

      And all the previous performer’s stages were original? They had 8 minutes to put the stage together, and it was amazing what they accomplished in that short time. As for the dance steps, let’s see you try to do better

      1. Margaret says:

        The show I would love to see is the part where they put the show onto the field – think about this – take away the stage, the lighting, the special effects – that was so much more part of the show – not just the performer.

  46. liz says:

    I thought she was horrible. Seems like a “has been”! There was nothing exciting about that performance. Everyting about it was “dated” and “old”

  47. Michelle says:

    LOVED the halftime show!!!

  48. miami was better says:

    they should just get prince every year! ;-)x

  49. Andy says:

    I think whoever wrote this article above was just out there to get every and all flaws and mistakes about the performance! Are you so bitter Sr. / Mm. that you could not find anything positive to say about it? The saying “if don´t have anything positive to say, don´t say anything” higly applies to you.

  50. Jeff says:

    brilliant performance. Why are people so mean having to mention Madonna’s age? Would they do the same with Mick Jagger?

    1. Andy says:

      Agreed Jeff! These are the same people that wish they could do half as much as she can!

      1. Jeff says:

        Thanks! I just saw a lot of heart and soul in Madonna’s performance, AND visually, it was amazing.

    2. liz says:

      At least Mick Jagger is “exciting” to watch – Madonna was a complete bore, nothing but a YAWN!

      1. Andy says:

        Oh Liz, you are entitled to make your comments and judgements but bitterness does not suit anyone…

      2. Dean says:

        If she was a complete bore LIz, why did you watch her performance? You obviously have a boring life if you have to leave stupid and immature feedback! Go make yourself a cup of tea and go to bed!

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