Super Bowl XLVI is fast approaching, and all the minutia that comes with it -- the Madonna halftime performance, the bank-breaking commercials, the thousands of gatherings across the country, and, oh yeah, the Giants-Patriots game -- will be soaked in by millions of viewers across the globe. Before the Super Bowl festivities begin on Sunday, 10 musical artists weighed in on everything happening on Sunday, from their favorite Madonna songs to the team they expect to emerge victorious when the dust settles.
Nick Jonas is watching the game with his "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" Broadway cast mates -- and trying to turn some of them into Giants fans. Jojo thinks the Patriots have too much heart to lose. Lil Wayne shares his favorite place to watch the big game. And Eli Young Band's Jon Jones is still a little embarrassed by the song "Like a Virgin." Read on to see what your favorite artists are looking forward to this weekend.
| Trey Songz
" I'll probably kick it with some friends. It changes every year, whether I want to do something big or I want to go to a friend's house or I want to have something at my house. This year I'll be at rehearsals, and the first city of the tour in Cleveland, so I'll be there for a week. I'll be watching the Super Bowl somewhere there.
" The Giants have upset [the Patriots] before -- I don't think they're gonna do it this time. Tom Brady's a monster. I think he's the best quarterback in the league. But Eli has helped the Giants stay very steady throughout the last few years -- they're very much one of the most steady teams, and nobody kind of expected him to be that good too, so I think it's great."
| Nick Jonas
"We have a matinee show [of 'How To Succeed...'] that finishes early enough for us to get back to my apartment. I think I'm hosting a single get-together with some people in the cast. Everyone from the cast comes from different parts of the country, so I think they've all got loyalty to their teams. But obviously being here in New York definitely opens up the discussion to being Giants fans for the day -- so I can try to convert them."
"I think the Patriots are an amazing team and Tom Brady is an absolutely incredible quarterback. The things that's been interesting about the Giants' season into the playoffs is that they started off okay, then they had a little bit of a struggle, but then they really started to pick their game up in the last four games and have been playing like a team that wants to win the Super Bowl. My opinion is that it'll be an incredible game -- back and forth, lots of points scored, because both quarterbacks are really talented and know how to run their offense. My prediction is the Giants walk away with the title once again."
"My favorite is being there at the Super Bowl and being able to say I was there. Nothing more, nothing less. It's the greatest event and I can say, "I was at the Super Bowl." And I can share being there with my family and friends. The first Super Bowl I went to was when the Saints won [in 2010]. To see the city I came from win and to see my mom excited -- it was great."
"I'm probably going to find Boston sports pub [in Los Angeles]. There's this place in Santa Monica that I want to check out, and it's owned by people from Massachusetts, so I'm going to hopefully go there and be a very stereotypical New England fan. I grew up in Foxboro, so the Patriots stadium was literally my backyard growing up."
"Of course I'm predicting a win for my Pats. And I don't necessarily believe in betting or things like that, but if I was gonna put my money somewhere it'd definitely be on the Pats. I just feel we have more heart than anybody. I will argue any sports team from Massachusetts, any sports team from New England, I just feel like we win by default, because we have heart."
"I really love Madonna's 'Hard Candy' album -- that's probably one of my favorites from her. And I'm looking forward to hearing the new material. She continues to reinvent herself and do something that's cutting-edge, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what she brings. You just never know what's going to come."
| Hot Chelle Rae's Ryan Follese
"I will probably watch it with my parents. Every year my dad tends to a special recipe for making chicken wings, and we usually have some people over at the house and he makes for us his chicken wings. Since we're always on the road, it seems to be the best thing to do."
"If I had to choose, I think I would have to probably choose the Giants because I know more people from New York and I go to New York a lot more, and the Patriots seem like they always win. The Patriots have kind of felt like the Yankees of football, and I think it's kind of cool to go for the Giants."
"I love 'Music.' I love 80s Madonna, but what affected me growing up was 'Music,' and the very first time that I ever heard those chopped-up guitar parts -- I had never heard stuff like that before. So I'm hoping that she busts out something like late 90s or mid 2000s stuff."
"I'm picking the Giants on this one. I think the game's gonna be good -- I mean, who doesn't want to watch Boston against New York? It'll be a great match. I think both teams are gonna play well, but I think the Giants play a little bit better defense, and I just think defense wins championships in the end."
"Madonna's one of the greatest performers of all time, and she's gonna be on one of the biggest stages in the world. So I know she's gonna kill it. I hope she does 'Like A Virgin.'"
Young The Giant's Sameer Gadhia
"I wanted the 49ers to go all the way, so I don't know if I even care! I feel like the Patriots have always been hanging out in there -- so maybe the Giants, why not? Plus Eli Manning's pretty old now."
"For [Madonna's performance], I'm imagining a lot of things in my mind and they're all pretty good. I think it should be fun. I'm not looking forward to anything in particular -- I just want to see what she does to piss people off."
| Eli Young Band's Jon Jones
"Both teams are incredible to watch, and living around Dallas, I think we've got more of a rivalry with the Giants, but they beat us up pretty good in the past. It's hard not to root for Tom Brady -- he's just so talented, and this will be four Super Bowls for him if they win this. I do see the Patriots winning. I think the Giants have gotten to where they're at with a little bit of luck on their side, but I think the Patriots are the better team. I don't think it's going to be a blowout -- I'm going to say [Patriots win by] 2 touchdowns. Not quite a blowout, but it'll be close for three quarters."
"I hope it sounds good, honestly. Nothing against Madonna one way or the other, it's just as an artist it's frustrating to watch those big halftime shows with so much production behind them and then just the sound isn't there… I remember as a kid the song "Like a Virgin" -- I had always felt so awkward. My mom would drive me to school, and hearing that song in the car, it always kind of made me blush, and I didn't know exactly what it all meant but that one really sticks out in my head."
| Asher Roth
"It's one of those things where you get a few close friends who care about the game. It's different when your team's playing -- I've had some memorable Super Bowl parties I've been at, like when the Tennessee Titans-St. Louis Rams, when [Titans receiver] Kevin Dyson got stopped short of the goal line, or when I was nine years old and my 49ers won the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl always has an opportunity to be one of those memories, but this time it's just about being with some friends, having a few beers and watching the game. This year… well, my grandpa likes the Giants, so I won't be too harsh."
| Theory of a Deadman's Tyler Connolly
"I'm going to say the Giants [will win]. I was hoping San Fran was going to get in, but I guess I'll go with the Giants. I got a lot of people I know in New York so they're probably rooting for them."
"For the halftime show -- I don't know man. You're trying to do something that doesn't work. It's all run by the producers of the show, but in reality you need to think about who's actually watching the Super Bowl -- it's big dudes eating nachos and drinking beer. And they want to watch the commercials with the Doritos girls. They really should put a band on that relates to them. Madonna? They're not going to watch Madonna. They don't care. They want to see Aerosmith. They want to see Guns N' Roses or something. That, to me, would be way more exciting for football."