Prepare for the halftime show with some of Mars’ best stage appearances
Bruno Mars will join the pantheon of Super Bowl halftime performers when he takes the stage at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
The singer has declared that he “ain't scared” by the prospect of performing at the Super Bowl, and perhaps he shouldn't be. While the halftime show will be viewed by a massive audience, Mars has established his bona fides as a topnotch showman. (Which is why he was chosen for the show, duh.)
In case you need convincing, TheWrap presents five of Mars’ standout live performances below.
The Billboard Music Awards (2013)
Decked out in disco chic, Mars showed off his pipes and wowed the crowd while belting out “Treasure.”
Mars took the opportunity at the 2013 Grammys to pay tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley, aided by Rihanna, Sting, and Marley's sons Damian and Ziggy. Though Mars shared the spotlight with a number of other impressive performers, his energy was the engine that propelled the tribute.
MTV Video Music Awards
Sure, last year's VMAs grabbed headlines for Miley Cyrus’ twerked-up performance. But anyone who wanted a performance that grabbed their attention without relying on cheap shock value needed to look no further than Mars’ rendition of “Gorilla.”
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’
Mars went largely acoustic for his performance of “Just the Way You Are” on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Though the performance was punctuated by strings and violins, it was no less electrifying.
“Saturday Night Live”
OK, so this wasn't (strictly) a musical performance. But Mars’ turn as Devon, an intern at Pandora who's called on to mimic Green Day, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and others when a technological meltdown hits the internet radio station was pretty impressive all the same.