Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, or Jay-Z? The NFL said no to some major names when they selected Bruno Mars to perform at halftime during the first-ever New York-based Super Bowl. With a laundry list of New York/New Jersey talent to choose from, the NFL surprised the public with the Hawaiian pop artist. This raised some eyebrows from fans and also didn’t go over too well.
One NFL fan said, “Yuck,” said Joe Dowbenko, 21, of Brooklyn, while knocking back buffalo wings on a football Saturday. “I just don’t affiliate Bruno Mars with football. He’s too sensitive.” Another said, “If the options are like Springsteen, Bon Jovi or Bruno Mars — I mean, Bruno Mars doesn’t have anything to do with New York,” said football fan Sandy Shelton, 26, of Hells Kitchen.
According to the New York Post, it hasn’t been all negative. Most of the fans are excited to see the chart-topping artist perform and the NFL is confident they didn’t fumble on this one. For those of you keeping score at home, Miley Cyrus and Janet Jackson were ruled out early in the process.