The headline act of Super Bowl 50’s halftime show has been announced, as Chris Martin and Coldplay will be the featured act in San Francisco. But in accordance with years past, along with the nature of the milestone, SB50 will surely bring more than one superstar to the stage.
Queen Bey just released a new song with Coldplay, the bouncy “Hymn for the Weekend”. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see the collaboration live on NBC in February.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show has featured some pretty crazy collaborations in the past. Last year, Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz made surprise appearances alongside headliner Katy Perry. The year before, Bruno Mars shared the stage with Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Beyoncé didn’t (technically) have any surprise guests for her 2013 performance. She enlisted the help of her ex-Destiny’s Child members, but otherwise crushed a medley of her own hits.
These combinations have been pretty sucessful for the NFL. The Halftime Show has set viewer records for three consecutive years, and last year’s 13-minute performance raked in over 118 million viewers.
If a Chris Martin/Beyoncé combo sounds strange, it shouldn’t be. The Coldplay frontman has previously been featured on tracks for both Jay-Z and Kanye West. If you’re going to make a new album and you have a chance to work with Beyoncé, you’d be crazy not to.
The cross-genre collaboration is a perfect pair for SB Halftime, and the NFL really cashed in. Coldplay doesn’t always provide the buzz of a trendier name like Bruno Mars, but an appearance from the Queen will take the performance to another level. According to the Wall Street Journal, Beyoncé is “in talks” to make a guest appearance.
What are the chances we see Beyoncé at the Super Bowl? I’d say 100 percent.