Poll: Who Should Perform at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show?
With Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in the books, it's officially time to start speculating about next year's big game and which artist will take center field at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Feb. 7, 2016.
For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL and its sponsors will want to go big for the Big Game. Our bet would be on a multi-superstar extravaganza, like the 2001 halftime show featuring Aerosmith, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly. But if it's a solo artist, who is big enough to anchor such an important anniversary?
Below, Billboard offers up 15 suggestions for next year's Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. Vote for your favorite candidate at the bottom of the page, or make your case for an unnamed artist with a write-in vote!
Taylor Swift -- There's no arguing with Swift's popularity after she made a seamless transition from country to pure pop with the blockbuster album 1989, which just crossed the 4 million sales mark. She has a roster of hits more than big enough for the biggest television crowd of the year.
Kanye West -- While Kanye might seem like a long shot, his recent work with Rihanna -- and especially with Beatles legend Paul McCartney (who headlined in 2005) -- might be just the trick to get him that center-field spot. The collection of stadium-worthy hits between the trio would make for a can't-miss halftime, with something for everyone.
Rihanna -- Or maybe Rihanna should just get her own halftime. She's broken records with her unbelievable string of radio smashes, so she has the material, and she never puts on a boring show. She might have to abandon the crotch-patting dance moves (although Michael Jackson did perform in 1993).
Garth Brooks -- Country music is more popular than ever and the Super Bowl has chosen its fair share of classic acts (The Who, McCartney, Prince), so Garth makes perfect sense. He's also on a comeback tour after releasing his first album in more than a decade last year, so he'll be in prime shape for the big stage.
Jennifer Lopez -- The American Idol judge is a powerhouse performer with a steady string of international hits. Her dance moves and costume changes alone would make this show a true spectacle, not to mention being the first Latin performer to anchor halftime since Gloria Estefan in 1992 (Estefan also appeared with Stevie Wonder and others at the 1999 show).
Queen -- Yes, they're missing a crucial component in Freddie Mercury, but Queen's stadium-rocking catalog is tailor-made for the Super Bowl. So in addition to current touring frontman Adam Lambert, the band could bring out other big-voice contemporary artists -- like Jessie J, who performed with the band at the Olympics, or even Freddie sound-alike Mika.
Britney Spears -- Brit already popped up at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, but that was a lifetime and a slew of hits ago. And with a successful Las Vegas revue under her belt, she's more comfortable than ever with serving up her greatest hits.
Justin Timberlake -- Speaking of *NSYNC... Timberlake was the top-grossing solo touring artist of 2014, so people clearly love his live show. Is the Super Bowl the correct occasion to bring sexy back? As long as they're not holding any Nipplegate grudges, of course it is!
One Direction-- The only touring artists to earn more than Timberlake? 1D. Between their blockbuster stadium tour and four straight No. 1 albums, it's time to take this boy band seriously. And their upbeat hits are classic-rock throwbacks, so they might win over the non-tweens along the way.
Carrie Underwood -- If the Super Bowl selection committee wants to go with a more current country choice, they can't go wrong with the American Idol champ. She has the hits and the powerhouse voice to pull it off, not to mention she already sings the Sunday Night Football theme song.
Bon Jovi-- Sure, they missed their chance at taking over New Jersey's first Super Bowl, but Bon Jovi deserves to perform stadium staple "Livin' on a Prayer" at the biggest game of the year. After a string of current pop stars, it's time for some classic rock, and Bon Jovi could wield some of the most explosive anthems ever played on that stage.
Jay Z -- His wife has already performed at the Super Bowl, and Hov has an extra decade of deep cuts to reach into for a Super Bowl spectacle. With any number of special guests he could pull onstage, Jay Z could run that town on Super Bowl night.
Foo Fighters -- Dave Grohl's crew had a nice moment last year with their HBO docu-series and album Sonic Highways, and their arsenal of hits is deep, thanks to more than two decades as a band. It also might be time to return the full-on R-O-C-K to the biggest stage on the planet.
Pharrell Williams -- After having a solo breakthrough hit with "Happy," the singer/rapper/producer is mainstream enough to hit the Super Bowl stage. Plus, all the superstar artists he's worked with (Daft Punk, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, etc.) -- not to mention his arsenal of fellow Voice judges -- would be down to join him.
Justin Bieber -- Sure, he's had some well-documented troubles recently, but who doesn't love a comeback story? Plus, the sight of Bieber in the studio with legendary producer Rick Rubin means he might be making the best music of his career on his next album, due this year.