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Watch Coldplay Arguably Upstaged by Beyonce and Bruno Mars During the Super Bowl Halftime

Matt Cowan, Getty Images
Matt Cowan, Getty Images

From the instant the NFL revealed that British moderate rockers Coldplay would be headlining the halftime show during Super Bowl 50, everyone pretty much knew what we’d be in for: Chris Martin at his most Bono-esque, a lot of mugging directly into camera and definitely at least a portion of “Viva La Vida.”

And we definitely did get all of that live from Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The show began with the camera at ground level to reveal Martin kneeling on the ground around the 35 yard line with the opening of “Viva La Vida” looming overhead as a heard of weirdly adolescent girls floods by him on their way to the stage.

From there, it was into “Paradise” and the new ubiquitous single “Adventure of a Lifetime.”

But the real show came from guest stars Bruno Mars and Beyonce who significantly upped the energy during, you know, a low-scoring defensive battle with a Coldplay concert in the middle of it.

Mars came out swinging with Mark Ronson and “Uptown Funk,” then Beyonce (in a black military-style jacket reminiscent of the one Michael Jackson wore during his performance at Super Bowl XXVII in 1993) appeared seemingly as if from nowhere with an entire army of backup dancers lined up neatly behind her for her brand new song “Formation.”

After Mars and Beyonce come together in a sort of West Side Story-type strut towards each other, they part to reveal Martin seated alone at a piano to play “Fix You” as a soundtrack to a highlight reel of past halftime show performers. It all culminated in the crowd holding up signs that collectively read “Believe In Love.” All in all, it wasn’t nearly as unwatchable as it could’ve been.

Watch the whole thing here:

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