Watch: Madonna Performs The Halftime Show For Super Bowl XLVI


OMFG! Epicness, BEYOND EPICNESS. Madonna SLAYED during her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI. Missed it? Wanna watch it again? Check out the performance in full below.

AHHHH! Now THAT is a mothereffing halftime show … the song selection was perfection, what a great mix of hits from Madonna’s stellar career. The Vogue magazine animations were just … brilliant, BRILLIANT. Her stage was really amazing … great use of video, really smart all around. We basically got a mini-concert. I am now DYING to see her on tour this year … I mean, I was excited before but … DAMNIT, she just raised the bar into the stratosphere. I was in AWE the entire time. I wasn’t a big fan of the LMFAO guys but the dude jumping on the bouncy string was pretty cool Cee Lo, ugh, I’m really not a fan but … this version of Like A Prayer was pretty fantastic. When the chorus starting singing … I about lost my shizz.

Here is a cute photo that Maddy’s manager Guy Oseary posted online just before Madonna took the stage to perform her show:

Let’s be real … Madonna killed it. Haters will hate, imitating popstars will try and emulate … but there can really only EVER be one Madonna:

And now … I have to know … what do YOU think?

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  • nicole

    Wow you got this up fast lol.
    I dunno, i wasnt a fan…the stage and light were the best part. But the upside is…she was better then the black eyed peas, and thats all that matters.


    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Madonna SLAYED me. It’s so funny how Madonna is 53-years-old and yet managed to DESTROY all the pop girls who are HALF her age. So many people wanted Madonna to fail at this performance, but she managed to nail it completely. There were a mishaps, but only because she was extremely nervous. It was all flawless. I actually loved how she did the “Party Rock Anthem” dance in 4 inch high heels! Hello, Goddess! My only complaint is that Cee Lo Green: he’s extremely annoyed and I can’t stand his gospel-like singing. It’s painful on the ears and he looked out of place in the whole spectacle. Anyways, stay mad, Monsters!

    • CHASE

      Also, ignore the grammar errors. I’m just so excited/thrilled,etc.!

    • she was awsome, beyond amazing……..madona rules……….lady who!!!!!!!!!

  • MM

    SHE KILLED IT!!! So amazing!!!

    Perfect set list, perfect dance moves, perfect execution all around! Flawless. This is how it’s done!!

    Even the inclusion of LMFAO and Cee Lo did not deter my enjoyment – nothing could ever overshadow her fierceness.


    L-U-V MADONNA!!!!

    P.S. World Peace! :)

  • Ryan

    I’d say it was pretty good, her entrance was great as was the finale. Everything in the middle was a bit routine but
    nothing was bad. I think the new song is really weak and I was worried it would be terrible but I think they really stuck to the chorus and made it work. And of course M.I.A
    flips the bird…how could they not have known.

  • Tim

    Is it just me or did she rip off the Egyptian theme from Britney’s ‘Gimme More’ performance from the Femme Fatale tour?

    • @Tim — It was more Roman themed, like Kylie Mingogue’s Les Folies / Aphrodite Live Tour last year ;)

    • Ariel

      i felt it was a mix between nordic and roman, i mean madonna looked like the god odin

  • Smoo

    she KILLED IT!!!!!!

  • Rj

    Undisputed QUEEN OF POP!!!! Amazing!!!

  • Desdemona

    How can anyone criticize that? It was amazing…she killed it! It was a great production!! [and at her age? effin brilliant…]

  • Laura

    I’ve never seen her in concert before, and even though it’s always been a goal, I will not be missing her when she comes to LA on her next tour. LOVE her!

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  • brittany

    Best Super Bowl half time show in YEARS!

  • Yes!!!!!!!!! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shannon

    Wpuld have been better if Madonna was actually singing instead of lip-synching. That’s really my only criticism.

    • @shannon — No SB halftime show is performed live.

    • Kelly

      @Trent – Are you sure? I am currently watching some other halftime performances from previous years and they seem to be singing live. (ie. Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Aerosmith w/ NSYNC, Britney Spears and Mary J. Blige)

      On another note… How freakin’ HOT did Madonna look!? WOW! Still a babe.

    • JCZ

      I thought the production was great – the set, themes, choreography and feel of the show was great. However, the lip synching killed it for me. She looked nervous which I wouldn’t complain about cause who wouldn’t, especially with the pressure and hype of it all. But even her dancing seemed.. off?

      HOWEVER, I challenge your statement there Trent. From what I COULD watch of the Black Eyed Peas it seemed to me Fergie was singing live and perhaps she shouldn’t have been.

      Then looking at back at some of the greatest shows including The Rolling Stones, where Mick Jagger moved twice as more as Madonna and managed to sound good and Bruce ‘The Boss’ Springsteen – they performed live and had as much, if not more energy than someone like Madonna.

      End of the day, it was a great set that could have been miles better IMO. And either way people are gonna hate, especially on someone like Madonna.

    • Krissy

      Bruce did NOT lipsynch. Big error there.

  • ammmmmmmazing, brilliant….now thats how you make an entrance not in a fucking egg…………madonna rules

    • @SASHA — “now thats how you make an entrance not in a fucking egg” LMAOOOOOOO

    • yeahhhhh trent

  • Verane

    Wow – I have never seen her in concert, but I am buying tickets for her next tour. What an amazing show! L-U-V Madonna!

  • jacqui

    Let the choir sing!!!!!!

  • ClaireMichelle

    LOVED it. Light years better than the Black Eyed Peas last year. She schooled them. I liked the inclusion of LMFAO, but maybe that’s just me. I thought it was fun. >:) Overall, stellar performance.

  • Kris

    I thought it was excellent. But @sasha, the egg was also amazing. :)

  • Superlative EVERYTHING!

  • Becky

    Im with u Nicole it sucked did no one see her trip replay that and see ugh

    • @Becky — Are you seriously harping on a missed step? Like, for real? I can’t …

    • LOL! ” i can’t.”
      you go do a cartwheel on a park bench! ;)

  • Ben

    The opulence and dimensions of the opening props left me speechless. This opening was way better than her sweet/sticky tour. This has been one of her best openings ever!!!!!! Pop music can be split like this b.M.(before Madonna) and a.M.(after Madonna). The One and Only Queen is Back!!!!!!!!

    P.S. Suck on that Elton!

  • pinkbox

    Hmm… did we watch the same performance? she was stiff. Everything these days is based on hype. Just comment and comment your little heart away and BAM it’s an AMAZING performance or an AMAZING song. This coming from a long time Madonna fan. The new song is forgettable but I do like the album artwork. This performance was certainly not Epic. Give us something amazing Madonna.. if you’re going to bring it.. BRING IT. I hope “GANG BANG” blows my mind.

    • I actually preferred the Black Eyed Peas. I thought the Madonna performance was HORRENDOUS. Seriously… it baffles me that people even thought otherwise. That whole LMFAO dance/thing? What the….? She can’t dance. The whole thing was production, not performance. For the future, they might as well book Cirque Du Soleil because that seems to be all it is anymore. One big circus with a few people pretending to sing.

    • rYan

      Preferred Black Eyed Peas? Lol. Okay, to each his own.

  • KJ

    I don’t even like Madonna but that was a great show! She’s just gotta lose the high heels (when she’s that nervous) and teach M.I.A. to resist from stealing attention. How sad was her attempt to cause controversy with the finger?

  • Becky

    Trent –
    Sorry not harping just noticed never been a Madonna fan thanks for listening still a very huge fan of your blog though

  • Zeke

    At this point is insulting to say that Madonna is the Queen of Pop because none of her ‘heirs’ will be able to emulate that. She’s beyond royalty, she’s way up high, watching from above.
    It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  • Xadax

    Kylie Minogue – Aphrodite – imitated.

  • David

    hahaha. it was so bad. i dont know how anyone could think otherwise. stiff movement the entire time. she looked terrified. bad bad bad.

  • Antonio Dias

    It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
    Long life to the Queen !!!

  • blaqfury

    I mean…It was aight imo, but I’m no where seeing the epic awesomeness that seems to be the common anthem in this post. #kanyeshrug

  • Dclover

    I’m like the piggy from those commercials! I just wanted to go “weee” cause I was so excited!! Awesome performance!

  • karen

    I loved it. She got me dancing in front of my computer! (Just watched the video here — didn’t watch the SB.)

    And I’m so impressed by what she can do with her body at her age. She’s in vastly better condition than most people half her age. It’s awesome to see what’s possible — makes me feel better about getting older!

    Cee Lo Green was unnecessary, but fine. I liked Nicki Minaj.

  • @Karen – I completely agree, she makes me feel better about inevitable aging too. I have little tolerance for ageists who criticize Madonna. I have never seen anyone who has maintained such excellent physical conditioning over a quarter of a fucking century!

    • nat

      Tina Turner-and that woman would have danced Madonna right off the stage @ age 60.But I agree-comparing women and the way they age is anoying,why not just apreciate what they bring to the stage.

  • Lauren

    It was wonderful! She rocked it! Trent I didn’t read all the comments but what were your thoughts on lip-synching here? Either way she rocked, best half time show I’ve ever seen. Light years better than Aerosmith, BEP, all of it. I love the BM and AM eras, yes!

    • Every Super Bowl show is lip synced for broadcast. Yes, even Paul McCartney lip synced the Super Bowl.

  • Dion

    Madge is so reductive just add Kylie “heartbeat rock” Xtour PLUS Kylie Les Folie Aphrodite = Half time show!!!

    • Ariel

      just because of the greek thing? madonna wasn’t greek, and kylie was representing afrodite, madonna was the suprem god odin, zeus, jupiter etc.

    • Sorry the entrance was Cleopatra same as the movie

  • eh

    love her music but i thought it was all so weird. i mean a 53 year old in a cheerleading outfit kinda thing. yeah she’s in great shape but i just couldn’t get into it because it just seemed like bad acting to me

    • Jordy

      Dearest “eh”,
      “Age aint nuthin but a number”
      Peace, love and MADONNA!

  • Jordy

    The FIERCE RULING DIVA does it again!
    Great show but she should have opened with “Music”, it’s message and the higher energy performance that accompanied it. Vogue got things off to a slow start and the grand entrance didn’t work for TV.
    DETROIT ROCKS and so does TRENT!

  • elton john

    I thought the performance sucked. I mean why did she bother having a microphone? It was that worst lip syncing job ever! THe song selection wasn’t that good. I expect much more

    • @elton john — LOL.

  • B

    Im sorry – this just felt too much like a Kylie rip off…I love Madonna but this was a straight up copy of Kylie’s Les Folies and X2008 tour. I guess she was counting on the millions of straight Americans who wouldnt know the difference. For once the phrase can be officially uttered…..”Kylie did it first”

    • Dominic

      Madonna has been rocking the Greek/Mythology/Goddess/Nymph/Queen things since 1990, Kylie just picked up from those q’s and took it to the next logical step, Coming in like the Queen of Pop/Cleopatra was just inevitable for Madonna!

  • Cat

    They do not all lipsync at half time shows. Comon..all her songs she lipsync except like a prayer. She has been in the business enough that she should be singing her songs. Backtrack is all good, but even MJ sang them. If the King of Pop can do it, so can she. If she is the Queen of Pop, show it!!!

    I want to see Lady Gaga do the half time next that would be good.

    • Ummm

      MJ did not sing his half time live……. He popped on Dangerous cd and pressed play…….

    • @Cat — “They do not all lipsync at half time shows.” Yes, they do.

  • Verodemort

    I both enjoyed and disliked the performance. Madonna is great, but she was stiff and choose somewhat boring songs for the Half-Time show. Like a Prayer? Vouge?! I mean, Yes, I love those songs but not for the HTS! I would have been extra hyped to see anything funky like Hung Up, Express Yourself (and Showed GaGa how its done!) or Ray of Light. On the other hand, LOVED the set design! Loved the back up Dancers. Loved CeeLo, LMFAO and MIA. I’m pissed at MIA though- If she causes another JanetGate and we get Tom Petty again, I will punch her in the face!

  • AmandaMarie

    First, the songs she chose were perfect. Second, the production and stage was phenomenal. Third, the costuming was amazing. Madonna, not so much. Don’t get me wrong, I adore her and those songs very much, but it is very obvious that there wasn’t a whole lot of energy in her movement. I feel as if I was almost watching it in slow motion. The transitions to different parts of the stage felt unrehearsed. She may still be Queen of Pop, I’m not discounting that, but the Queen is showing her age. I also wish they would have backed off the vocal tuners so we could hear more natural live performance. It sounds almost like it could have been lip sync. My rating, a solid B.

    • Alicia

      I thought I just didn’t get it at first but I had the same reaction. She is amazing but I got the feeling she was pushing herself and it showed, all her guest performers seemed more natural and comfortable and she was trying to keep up.

    • JZ

      Madonna has mentioned – as far back as 1990’s “Blonde Ambition” – that it takes a few performances to nail it & for all the dancers to just come together. That show looked AMAZING & polished, but think about it – it’s not like she’d been touring this routine nightly for months, this was a ‘one-off.’ So, of course she was a tad slower and her moves more deliberate – she wasn’t getting a ‘do-over’, ya know? It has nothing to do with her age (hello, she is the queen of yoga and pilates – she can still move), but just wanting to be meticulous. She killed it!

  • Mike

    I am a loyal reader of this bolg and have never commented on anything before, but this Madonna performance was the epitome of what a half time show should be!!!! Love ur site and keep up ur fantasticness (That should be a word LOL)!!!

  • John

    Britney better be taking notes.

  • nat

    I’m not a fan-but she delivered!And seemed to enjoy herself while doing so!Great song selection and visuals.I did kinda expect her to be the one in the news for something controvercial,not MIA.

  • Vanessa

    MADONNA KILLED IT!!!!!!!!!

  • Kylie Fan

    I think Madonna watched a lot of Kylie Minogue’s video, concert etc! GIVE KYLIE SOME CREDITS!

    • frenchy

      Couldn’t agree more. GREAT performance but this was sooooo Kylie!!!! Totally ripped off from her last 2 tours.

  • AmandaPalmina

    That was one of the best performances I’ve seen…ever. It was just so smartly put together. I wasn’t really interested in going to see her this year, I’m not a big concert goer, but now I really want to.

  • I thought the performance was really good. The things this woman can do at age 53 are way better than I can do and I’m half her age. I thought the flips and cartwheels she did were amazing! It was a mini concert and I’ve never seen her live before but now I might have to. If she puts this much energy, time, and effort into a 15 minute halftime routine, imagine what she can do with unlimited time. She is the QUEEN!!!

  • jr

    the entrance was PERFECTION.

    fit for a QUEEN and incredibly exciting and ELECTRIFYING.

    Vogue was sooooo fashion and FIERCE.

    LMFAO was fun and loving her doing the shuffle dance….fantastic.

    she looked on point and filled the entire stadium practically…she WAS the superbowl…sorry players.

    Nicky was loving it.
    MIA is hot.

    I am sure Elton loved it too….hee hee

    Mama can still bring the hotness.

    loved it.

  • jr

    ohhh Like A Prayer was STUNNING with the lights from the audience…just beautiful.

  • Panti Christ

    She looks like She-Ra’s mother! xo

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  • Ella

    It was a great halftime show and Madonna gets major props for going out there and doing her thing at 53.

    I’ve heard mixed reviews from my friends though. Some of her movements…well looked like a 53 year old who is in phenomenal shape was doing them. Some of those dips she did looked painful and one of my friends joked that she was hiding Aleve in her boots. Another said the whole thing made her sad.

    I think considering her age, she kind of killed it. However Madge, you can stop dropping it like it’s hot now. No one will judge you if you admit your joints don’t work like they used too.

    • Stephanie

      This is exactly how I felt. I kinda felt embarrassed for her a little. I was a touch worried she would go down and not come back up. I totally respect Madonna and would have enjoyed it more if she performed the MUSIC and didn’t try to keep up with back up dancers that are less than half her age.

  • lipservice

    Trent, not every Super Bowl half-time show is lip-synced. If you watch previous years.. (No Doubt & Sting for example) that was definitely live.

    • @lipservice — Not true. The “live” vocals may have been recorded for the show but every Super Bowl halfitme show as it is broadcast on television around the world features recorded vocals.

    • lipservice

      I can guarantee you it was performed live. If you watch this video : notice at 1:57 Gwen quickly tries to resume the song and it was a bit out of time. They wouldn’t make that mistake if it wasn’t live.

    • @lipservice — Ok.

    • Krissy

      I know for a fact that Bruce Springsteen was live. It is possible they lip-sync frequently, but you can’t factually say that they ALL lip sync.

    • @Krissy — Just because I’m curious, how do you know this “for a fact”?

    • Krissy

      Just do

    • I have hope that there are some artists with such integrity that they would REFUSE to lip lync.

  • Ummm

    Bruce didn’t dance and flip on dancers either ;)

    • @Ummm — Yes, it’s a silly argument all around. People loved and hated Madonna’s performance … just like every other SB halftime show ever. It’s pointless to argue over people’s opinions.

  • lipservice

    Rest assured, not all Super Bowl halftime performance are lip synced! woohoo!

    • Cat

      agreed! Look at U2 …again not lic synced. It’s not just about entertainment!

      Another thing I realized is she is probably one of the only half time shows where people are surrounding the stage on the field…

  • Brenn

    Who cares about the singing. It was an entertaining performance.

  • alicia

    great dancers, great stage, great songs, but madge? ehhhh

  • rome

    Great job! You gotta remember this is a family show, so she had to keep it conservative. She did her thang! She’s an entertainer and she delivered! If you haven’t seen her live, I suggest you go. It will definitely be way better that what you saw on the Super Bowl!

  • lipservice

    @ Trent.. how do you know “Every Super Bowl halftime show” is lip synced? I think with each performance it is different and for the artists that are more familiar with singing live do just that and can pull it off. During the course of today I was able to sneak some time and watch previous years and there are many that are not lip synced and it is obvious that it’s live. With all of the production behind Madonnas performance last night it’s clear as to why she lip synced.

  • a fan

    Trent, when you think you are seeing lip-synching, you are actually seeing the sound delay. It takes time for the sound wave to reach us in such a big place, and echos are filtered out. The majority of SB shows are live.

    • Naomi

      No one should compare themselves or have others compare them to GOD, or Gods, its disrespecful,and for her to command people to love her is outragous! people get caught up in the fake life so they don’t have to deal with reality yes it was the superbowl,she should have said love your self, I was once a fan now i reaaly don’t care for any of it, why waste the money, if i want to watch a show i can sit at home and watch my kid sing her own songs, you have any idea how3 much it costs to put on a performace like that our country is in debt, and we, spend all this money on entertainment, Sometimes i really wonder what this world is coming to, maybe 40 days of darkness,who knows, but thats what i’m preparing for the rest of you can worship popstars, i’m going to survive what ever comes my way, you go ahead waste your time with all that

    • @Naomi — Seriously?

  • shell

    She was amazing!! I can barely walk in boots like that let alone dance my @$$ off as she did. Haters gonna hate, however, I loved it!! GO MADONNA!!

  • Diego

    It’s kind of funny how everyone is emphasizing “at her age”. To me she looks pretty impressive, no matter the age. I’m half her age and can barely remember 7 salsa steps, let alone a whole choreography created for a one-off event. I think that her performance was amazing, full stop.

  • beach ball


    That’s great this video got all those views. I’m glad for them… But at the same time the sound is like a walkie talkie. Not very good sound. If you want to hear good sound I’d recommend this one instead. It has ultra clear sound.

  • Sanchez

    Here are my thoughts. I am not a huge Madonna fan (the songs of hers I like the best are probably most people’s least favorites) and I’m not a fan of huge spectacles in general. I have no idea who LMFAO is and I barely know who Ceelo, Nicki Minaj and MIA are so for me, they didn’t add a damn thing.

    I also don’t watch sports which would include the Superbowl but I did watch a video of this halftime performance we’re discussing. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I thought Madonna was an odd choice because I don’t know a whole lot of football-loving men that like Madonna and I didn’t understand the appeal. If she was 20 years old I would but what man lust after a women in her 50s? That being said, I do appreciate her impact on music overall, just not in this kind of setting.

    Now, was that weird song her new single??? The one with the cheerleaders and drumline??? I didn’t like that AT ALL. It sounded incredibly juvenile.

    I did surprisingly like her Confessions album from a few years ago.

  • rOXy

    @Sanchez poop head above me: You’re not a little sexist and age-ist are you? Hell no. You’re a lot. You can’t tell me that if Madonna was before you for real, wagging her pinky at you, you wouldn’t drop to your knees and crawl after her,licking her boots and barking like a little cheenie.

    As far as what I thought? Extravaganza!!!!! LOVED IT. That’s the way it’s done. She OWNS it. Her Madgejesty. No one can come close and anyone who tries is reductive. Looking at you GaGa – she knocked the cheap crown off your egg shaped noggin. Certainly didn’t see her paying any tributes to anyone but herself. Where in the world did she find so much beefcake? I mean, she had a whole army of man flesh. Especially loved the “Like a Prayer” segment. She was getting loose and letting go and the Madonna Magic pulled me through the screen, hypnotized and mesmerized. Y. O. U. Madonna!