Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé’s Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message

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( ENSPIRE ENTERTAINMENT ) Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé’s Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message

For those of you who aren’t appreciative of football, the Super Bowl gives you all of your life with the entertainment during the halftime shows. Through the years superstars like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder (the list is endless) to this years amazing performance by two time super bowl performers Bruno Mars, Beyoncé and first timer Coldplay have blessed us and pumped us up leaving us with no real need for a calm demeanor. 

 Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé's Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message

Beyonce, Chris Martin and Guy Berryman of Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.

As a fan of both football and great entertainment there is something about this collaboration of both that awakens my inner fool. Between moments of sitting in awe to random jumps on the couch super bowl heads like myself aren’t able to bodily adjust to the magnitude of what happens on the screen.

This year was no different; however, I couldn’t help but hit a free fall and tootsie roll when I witnessed an epic message being shared by this years performers at Super Bowl 50. CATCH ME LAWD! 

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British rock band Coldplay was booked as the halftime show’s top-biller, and they came out on a stage decked in rainbow. At first, the color seemed a nod to the color scheme on Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams album cover or their recent video for “A Hymn for the Weekend,” set in Mumbai, India, during the Holi festival of color. However, the band never played that song.

A few choice moments helped put those colors in perspective. During one of the performance’s early shots, Chris Martin went up to a member of the crowd waving a pride flag right waving all over Martin’s head. Within that moment, the performance’s entire meaning changed: Millions of viewers just watched a 12-minute tribute to LGBT love — with an epic Black Lives Matter interlude.

Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé's Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message

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Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé's Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message

The performance’s explosive ending seemed to drive that LGBTQ nod home. After Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars finished their final song, the audience at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, held up placards that spelled out an inspiring message in rainbow: “Believe in Love.”

Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé's Halftime Performance Has A Deep Message


Beyoncé carried the political themes forward in her aspect of the performance, with a powerful nod to the Black Lives Matter movement.

She sang “Formation,” her Saturday-released black body-positivity anthem, featuring lyrics like “I like my baby hair, with baby hair and afros/ I like my negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils.”

Her dancers also sported black berets, an iconic piece of the uniform worn by the Black Panthers during the ’60s and ’70s.

Like so much of the best political critique, Coldplay and Beyoncé’s nods were subtle but amounted to one of the most explicitly political halftime performances in recent memory. 

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Yuh See!!! The Super Bowl is making strides to make America great..the Donald, not at all. This past Sunday night Love Won! 

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