October 23, 2014
Bruno Mars honoured to be youngest Super Bowl artist
Billboard’s top star of 2013 struggling with cold weather during rehearsals
Bruno Mars says he feels honoured the NFL is letting him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show even though he’s still a budding artist. “I feel like a new artist,” Mars said at a press conference yesterday. The “NFL is a prestigious stage ... and I’m so grateful for that.”
Mars will hit the field Sunday when the Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The pop crooner debuted on the mainstream music scene in 2010 when he released his friendly pop debut, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, which featured the No. 1 hits Grenade and the Grammy-winning Just the Way You Are. Mars, 28, said he started rehearsing at the stadium two days ago and cold weather will be an issue. “It’s like the microphone turns into a Popsicle,” he said. “We’re getting some heaters on everything.”
When a reporter asked if he would sing in Spanish, Mars — who is half Puerto Rican — dramatically turned his head and shoulder and in an erotic voice said, “Sí!”
Mars is one of the youngest artists to perform during the halftime show, following recent performances from Beyonce, Madonna and the Black Eyed Peas, who flopped in 2011. He says while there’s pressure, “I ain’t scared!” Mars was named Billboard’s top artist of 2013, and his latest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, won the best pop vocal album Grammy Award this week. He has connected with fans of all ages, his R&B-pop sound has become a staple on radios around the world, and his live shows are critically acclaimed.
Mars will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers — the first act that came to his mind when he thought of collaborating on the Super Bowl stage. “They’re a soulful band, not just musically, but as people,” he said. Opera singer Renee Fleming, who will sing the national anthem on Sunday, gave a press conference ahead of Mars. She said she’s feeling the pressure, but is also excited.