Mixed Reaction As NBC Confirm Madonna For Superbowl XLVI

Madonna has been confirmed as the half-time act for Superbowl XLVI next February, but the announcement has been met with a mixed reception on the internet.

The Material Girl will be performing alongside Cirque du Soleil in Indianapolis on February 5th in the run-up to the release of her new album next year.

Yet some sports pundits have branded her ‘safe’ and criticised the recent tradition of hiring older acts. “I’ve not been happy with a whole lot of them,â€? ESPN’s Mike Golic said regarding past Super Bowl performers including Paul McCartney, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and the Who. “Feel free to get someone in the now.â€?

“It’s just another safe selection by executive who fear what could happen if they allow a more edgy act to take the stage,” added Tim Daniels of The Bleacher Report.

“You have to wonder how long the NFL will continue to trot out musicians who no longer capture the audiences attention. Even though ratings are terrific, that’s only because it’s on during the middle of the marquee football game of the season,â€? he continued.

“If NFL Network productions gave the fans what they want, which is anybody with current relevance, the ratings would be markedly better. But they seem content with taking the easy way out.â€?

News of Madonna’s appearance was leaked online a couple of months back, but the news was confirmed last night by NBC.

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List of Superbowl Half-time Performers..

2010 The Who
2009 Bruce Spingsteen and the E Street Band
2008 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
2007 Prince
2006 The Rolling Stones
2005 Paul McCartney
2004 Janet Jackson
2003 Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2002 U2 with a tribute to 9/11 victims
2001 Aerosmith, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Nelly
2000 Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton
1999 Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Savion Glover
1998 Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, The Temptations, Queen Latifah
1997 Blues Brothers, ZZ Top, James Brown
1996 Diana Ross
1995 Indiana Jones & Marion Ravenwood, Patti LaBelle, Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval, Miami Sound Machine
1994 Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, The Judds
1993 Michael Jackson
1992 Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill
1991 New Kids on the Block, Disney characters
1990 Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas, Nicholls State University band, Southern University band, USL band
1989 Elvis Presto 3-D commercial for Diet Coke
1988 Chubby Checker, The Rockettes
1987 Southern California-area High School drill teams and dancers
1986 Up with People: Beat of the Future
1985 World of Children’s Dreams, Tops In Blue
1984 University of Florida and Florida State University bands
1983 KaleidoSUPERscope, Los Angeles Super Drill Team
1982 Up with People: Salute to the 1960s and Motown
1981 Mardi Gras Festival Southern University band, Helen O’Connell
1980 Up with People: A Salute to the Big Band Era
1979 Ken Hamilton, various Caribbean bands
1978 Tyler Apache Belles Drill Team, Pete Fountain & Al Hirt
1977 Los Angeles Unified All-City Band & Audience card stunt
1976 Up with People: Bicentennial Tribute
1975 Tribute to Duke Ellington: Mercer Ellington & Grambling State University Bands
1974 University of Texas Band
1973 Tommy Walker, Michigan Marching Band & Woody Herman
1972 Salute to Louis Armstrong: Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt & USMC Drill Team
1971 Florida A&M University Band
1970 Carol Channing, Tribute to Mardi Gras
1969 America Thanks Florida A&M University N/A
1968 Grambling State University Band
1967 University of Arizona & University of Michigan Bands