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Super Bowl half-time shows: the highs and lows, from Prince to Patti Labelle

5 December 2011 12:36 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The news that Madonna will appear at Super Bowl Xlvi will (possibly) have you cheering with delight or shaking your head in dismay – as these recent half-time shows prove

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Prince, Super Bowl Xli, 2007

In the (very) small pantheon of excellent half-time Super Bowl shows, his royal purpleness stands supreme. He bought the crowd to its feet with a medley of covers including All Along The Watchtower, Proud Mary and The Foo Fighters' Best of You in addition to his own hits such as Like Crazy. Best of all, he finished with a brilliant version Purple Rain played under pouring rain, almost making it appear as though he had the ability to bend even the weather to his will. The one to beat.

U2, Super Bowl Xxxvi, 2002

Bono & Co kept it sombre at this post-9/11 Super Bowl, playing three songs, a pared down Beautiful Day, Mlk »

- Sarah Hughes

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The Black Eyed Peas Have The Best Super Bowl Halftime Shows In History To Live Up To

4 February 2011 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

This weekend is going to be a massive one for the worlds of music, television and sports. The Super Bowl is finally here, and the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers will be squaring off against one another to determine who is this year's NFL champion is only about the fifth-most important thing happening over the next few days. In addition to the game, there will be the headline-grabbing advertisements (including a number of movie trailer premieres and appearances by both Justin Bieber and Eminem), the new episode of "Glee" that will follow the big game (which features the much-talked-about "Thriller" sequence), the national anthem care of Christina Aguilera (which bodes well for the Steelers) and the fact that this could be the most-watched American television broadcast in history (besting last year's Super Bowl, which drew 106.5 million viewers).

There's also the halftime show, which is always »

- Kyle Anderson

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