Super Bowl LI (51) took center stage last night and we are all excited whether you were cheering for New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, we all wanted to see the match go down, but we were also excited about this year's halftime show. Pop icon Lady Gaga headlined this year's half time show and it was another spectacular performance from Mother Monster. In the spirit of halftime shows, let's take a look back at some memorable halftime shows and celebrity appearances that left us in awe at the Super Bowl.
1. Michael Jackson
Well, yeah let's start out with the man who elevated Super Bowl halftime shows. Michael stunned the crowd using two body doubles at the top of the stadium, performed his biggest hits, and spread a message of love and unity.
2. Janet Jackson
Although others like to ignore this performance and not give credit where credit is due, you can deny in 2004, the youngest Jackson sibling shut it down when she headlined the Super Bowl. As Kid Rock and P. Diddy as the associate acts, the crowd roared as Janet performed "All For You" and dynamic rendition of "Rhythm Nation". The media frenzy started after Justin Timberlake ripped off a piece of fabric, exposed one of Janet's "girls"; Janet was blacklisted from industry events from a while but there's no denying this is another performance that's proved why Janet is one of the most influential performers of all time (the incident helped launched the website, YouTube).
What can we say about Prince and his royal badness? When the late, "Purple Rain" singer performed at the Super Bowl in 2007, along with the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band, it was raining and the stage was slippery, but that didn't stop Prince or his backup dancers from slaying the stage, which was designed after his symbol. As the most eccentric man, he performed the best of his uptempo hits, but the crowd got emotional when he performed his signature hit, "Purple Rain". Yes, even football fans can shed a tear over that classic.
4. Bruno Mars
Leading the pack of male singers of this generation, Bruno Mars was nothing short of amazing. In 2014, the pop singer dazzled the crowd with his performance which paid homage to the music and fashion of the 1950's and 1960's. With a special appearance from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the crowd was feeling the energy of a rock concert, but had a warm-hearted moment as Bruno ended the show with his first hit, "Just The Way You Are".
The legendary rock group brought out all the stops with their classic performance in 2001. With a pre-recorded sketch by the group along with Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and *NSYNC, Aerosmith killed the stage performing their greatest rock hits. While performing "Walk This Way", the hottest artist of that year joined the band on stage including, Mary J. Blige, Nelly, and Britney Spears. You would be lying if you said you didn't want to join that party.
6. Diana Ross
The Boss...Ms. Ross! In 1996, Diana became the first African American woman to headline the SuperBowl Halftime show. Singing her hits "I Will Survive" and "You Can't Hurry Love", Diana was a glamorous and reminded everyone who she was. In true diva fashion, Diana ended her performance by leaving the arena in a helicopter. You can't get more boss than that.
Now as far as who sang the National Anthem and gave us life....
7. Lady Gaga
8. Mariah Carey
9. And of course...the Voice