Super Bowl Highlights: Fully Clothed Bruno Mars Gets More Swoons Than Shirtless Anthony Kiedis

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Jason Stoff
Bruno Mars made our private parts tingly way back in 2010. Read our review from his show at Pop's.

Some of us at RFT Music aren't football fans, so we had giant lists of excuses not to watch the Super Bowl last night: grocery shopping, building an apiary for our new bees, organizing colored pencils in Roy G. Biv order, washing our hair, washing our iguana's hair, etc.

But we finally came up with one reason to view the long, boring affair: the music. Love it or hate it, the Super Bowl's halftime show always inspires watercooler chatter, plus plenty of commercials feature tunes by both our favorite and most-loathed artists. So why not just cover the music and spend the rest of the night by the chips and dip?

Below, in chronological order, catch some of the most talked-about (and tweeted-about!) musical moments from Super Bowl XLVIII -- at least from the first half. After Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers, we got bored and left. Tell us about your faves in the comments!

LADIES REIGN OVER PRE-GAME

The night's entertainment hit all the right notes at the beginning, with Queen Latifah (who famously officiated the giant wedding during the Grammys last week) doing a respectful, low-key performance of "America the Beautiful" -- albeit with a creepy children's choir opening the song.

Soprano Renee Fleming then took the field in an opera-worthy gown for "The Star-Spangled Banner." You know Whitney Houston's memorable rendition of the national anthem from Super Bowl XXV? Yeah, Fleming's may have rivaled that.


JOE NAMATH'S COAT IS ALIVE

This has nothing whatsoever to do with music, but football legend Joe Namath's fur coat kind of scared us. We love Namath -- he was on an episode of "The Brady Bunch," after all -- but when he came out to do the coin toss honors, he looked like a pimp. Or, you know, Macklemore.

Continue for ALF, Bono and a very shiny Bruno Mars.

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Lynn Meoli
Lynn Meoli

Bruno is great all the way around!!!

Angie Freesmeier
Angie Freesmeier

Um, yeah cause we aren't subjected to enough country crap already :/ Bruno rocked it. Could have done without RHCP -

Eric Sellers
Eric Sellers

The Super Bowl halftime show is for seasoned veteran stars in my opinion and I thought Bruno Mars sucked! Also the combination of the RHCP and Bruno was dumb! Sick and tired of seeing pop stars on the show. Get some good country artists next time. THAT HALFTIME SHOW SUCKED!

Steve Engelman
Steve Engelman

Take a better look at the input jack of the pink colored stratocaster used during the bruno mars set. If you know what a wireless system is... you should know that you still need to plug the transmitter into the input jack of the guitar to connect wirelessly to the receiver...

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

don't let the 20 year age difference factor into your reporting....

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

what does alan jackson have to do with you not understanding that they have had wireless guitar systems for about 30 years?

Hannah Williams
Hannah Williams

I definitely have a new found respect for the obviously talented Bruno Mars. He busted a move out there and sounded great!

Curtis Babers
Curtis Babers

Ummmm.... this is the single best picture to represent excited ladies that has ever been in existence. Especially in the timeline crop.

Sharon Gladney
Sharon Gladney

wrong...bruno was great...he is the star...rhcp had their day.

Jen Moore
Jen Moore

Well duh Anthony kiedis is in his 50's now! He looks great but the chili peppers are way past their heyday

Greg Boyle
Greg Boyle

All I could watch was the AWESOME lighting and fireworks.... but then again...

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

The RHCP played a song they had over 20 years ago...guess nothing they've done since was Super Bowl worthy

Ann Stillwell
Ann Stillwell

Good show I can honestly say it was one of the few half time shows I thought was really entertaining. They are usually really hokie or the sound and dancing is bad. This time they got it right for once.

Barbara Brown Lyon
Barbara Brown Lyon

I enjoyed it. It was tastefully done. As an almost 70 year old, I love Bruno Mars, and have always liked RHCP. but my musical tastes are quite varied. At the age of 60, we took in a 13 year old boy to raise,and Ii haven't been the same ssince!

Craig Stevens
Craig Stevens

I saw too many man nipples. Equal rights for all nipples!!!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

compared to the complete crap ( black eyed peas... really? ) they have had the last few years, it was good to see the headliner actually *gasp* play an instrument.

Steve Engelman
Steve Engelman

I think they should've plugged their guitars in at least..

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

It was blasphemous that that twat got billing over the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Robin Gray
Robin Gray

I'm sorry, but this is totally wrong? There should have been more RHCP, less Bruno!

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