Bruno Mars is making big moves in 2014. Mars will be joining the leagues of U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and more as a performer at Super Bowl XLVIII. The news was leaked to the Associated Press by an anonymous person familiar with the NFL’s entertainment plans. A formal announcement on Mars’ participation in the 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show is set for Sunday. The regular football season only kicked off on Thursday with the season’s championship game slated for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. There has been some minor backlash about the location. The open venue is subject to cold weather and snow in February, unlike the previous domed stadiums or open warm weather spots of Super Bowls past. Mars has a lot to live up to with his Super Bowl Halftime Show performance. He follows Beyonce’s turn in front of some 100 million viewers, where the “Love on Top” singer overshadowed the game entirely by reuniting with her former girl group Destiny’s Child during the performance. Mars hilariously tweeted during Bey’s Super Bowl performance: “Beyonce got some stamina. I’d be coughing up blood now.” Let’s hope he’s been working on that stamina. UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Bruno Mars will headline the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The official announcement was made live on FOX NFL Sunday (Sept. 8) by announcers Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw, along with analysts Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer from New York City’s Times Square. Mars took to Twitter to share the news.
WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!! #PepsiSBHalftime
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) September 8, 2013
To view the NFL’s announcement video head here.