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article imageOp-Ed: Get into the groove for Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show

By Paul Bright     Feb 3, 2012 in Sports
Indianapolis - It would be crazy for you to change the channel during the Super Bowl halftime and miss Madonna's performance. Get into the groove and watch.
It was probably a shock to some-including myself- to find out that Madonna is performing at this year’s Super Bowl. Madonna has made a living reinventing herself and her claim to fame is often crossing the borderline between art and risqué. If you only know her from the 80s and 90s, Madonna doesn’t appear to be a family-friendly performer.
But upon further review she does fit the criteria of Super Bowl performers as of late. Most were classic pereformers but well past their prime. They were picked for their appeal to the older audiences. Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Tom Petty have graced the stage. This happened after the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. By the way, Madonna promises not a ray of light will shine on body parts that shouldn’t be exposed on national television.
Only recently did younger performers make a comeback. The Black Eyed Peas and Usher were featured last year. And this year, Madonna will be joined by two relatively younger performers. Her most recent albums featured Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Pharrell. This proves that even though she’s in her 50’s, Madonna is still en vogue as a performer. I look forward to watching.
If you are still iffy about Madonna doing the Super Bowl halftime show, I suggest you open your heart and realize that Madonna is a total performance package. Madonna is going to dance, sing and employ the whole stage to entertain fans. She’s not going to sit, strum guitars or lip-sync through a performance. I don’t cherish performances like that.
We do treat the Super Bowl in America much like a holiday, so it’s natural to want American music during the halftime show. Even if you aren’t a complete Madonna fan, she does represent America because Madonna made a career from humble beginnings. There aren’t many people in the world who will say “who’s that girl?” when she gets on stage. Maybe the younger generation won’t know who the beautiful stranger is. They are likely watching for Nicki Minaj or MIA. What they should know is that Madonna was one of the first women in pop music to teach other ladies that it’s ok to express yourself even if no one likes it. This has obviously influenced Nicki, MIA and definitely Lady Ga Ga.
I expect Madonna to put on a good, tasteful show. I hope younger fans appreciate it. If they didn’t know her before the halftime performance starts, they will remember her when the show is over, she takes a bow and says goodbye.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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