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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