Madonna at the Superbowl in Givenchy Couture

Posted on February 06, 2012

MADONNA IS…

SHE-RA, PRINCESS OF POWER!

And we kind of love her for it – although we always had her pegged as more of a “Jem and the Holograms” sort of gal.

What a spectacular set of stagewear this was. We always whine about her not really moving forward, but this is the kind of stuff we want to see. It feels totally Madonna, but not in a way that makes us cringe or say “Really, Madge? At your age? Isn’t it time to move on?”  This felt like her moving on. Not necessarily a bold new step or anything, just not a look that refers to underwear, crucifixes, matador’s girlfriends, or old Italian widows. She looked dramatic and unusual and still quite beautiful. If that’s not the essence of Madonna, we don’t know what is.

Besides: Givenchy Couture and vogueing AT THE FREAKING SUPERBOWL. WE LOVE YOU AGAIN, MADGE.

And there will be plenty of haters who say otherwise, but we think the old gal BROUGHT IT.

 

[Photo Credit: Getty, Givenchy - Video Credit: blackkeysonsnl via youtube.com]

    • http://theargiehome.blogspot.com/ Gus Casals

      I have mixed feelings about the show itself, but I have to agree the clothes were spectacular. 

      • Anonymous

        Agree.  I got bored during the show, and was everyone chanting LUV Madonna?  But the costuming was fantastic.

        • Anonymous

          L-U-V MADONNA. Y-O-U YOU WANNA? Has got to be the dumbest chorus to a song in the world.

          But I really enjoy the stage wear. I could have done without the sequining. The drawings achieve contrast through color change, and i would have rather seen the intricate patterning done in a satin or latex so you could see it from far away. I bet its beautiful up close, but… they’re in a stadium.

          • Anonymous

            Shades of Toni Basil. Ugh.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris
        • Anonymous

          Genius!

          Especially the hug team.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

            I had to watch it like, three times, because I was laughing over other funny stuff.
             

        • Anonymous

          Hilarious!

        • King Dex

          Thanks for that :)

    • Anonymous

      The performance was meh but I loved the costumes and overall theme of her performance. 

      • Anonymous

         I felt the same way. During some of her dance-heavy parts I was really cringing, but I loved the way everything looked.

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      I loved it, too. When she took the headpiece and gladiator skirt off, she was essentially wearing a really cute LBD with boots and gloves. Perfect.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealAndra Andra

      She brought it!  Gaga got schooled. 

      • http://twitter.com/ladonnazc LaDonna Carpenter

        That was exactly my thought.  It was Madonna’s “In your face” to Gaga…reminding her who did it all first. LUV’d it!

      • Anonymous

        I don’t know why it has to be Madonna v. Gaga. They have the same fans. Gaga clearly nursed at the teat of Madonna, and I don’t know why the elder stateswoman seems to feel threatened by her.

        • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

          Ditto. I love them both.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=702462366 Terry Graves

      I don’t understand the outfit.  Is she a Roman guard?  Is she Brunhilde?  It was tacky to the max.

      • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

        Let’s face it, the Superbowl itself is pretty tacky. Anything less than 500% Madonna would not have been enough. :)

        • BuffaloBarbara

           Agreed–the one person who hasn’t gone up to 11 at the Superbowl in recent years was Sir Paul, and he got pilloried for being boring.

          • Anonymous

            I actually like Tom Petty’s halftime show the best; Sir Paul was disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      THANK YOU. Loved it.

    • Anonymous

      Wasn’t she injured, though? If that’s the case, and she was still up there doing stuff I can’t do in my 30s, that makes it all even more impressive. She DID bring it.

      • Anonymous

         Yes, she had a hamstring injury.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Lally/1813707728 Christopher Lally

      She floored me. Tongue hanging out show, top to bottom.

    • Jennifer Hamner

      I thought it was good–but did anyone else notice her lack of facial expression?  Especially during “Vogue” she just didn’t seem into the performance.  Too much botox?  Or not loving the Super Bowl?

      • Anonymous

        Seemed like nerves to me. At one point she started to relax a little and was flashing that huge smile – really joyous.

    • Anonymous

      She Shut.It.Down. 
      Much love to Madonna, she reminded me why I am a fan, and I have to get to the gym tomorrow !

    • Anonymous

      The haters can go take their usual couple of rows of seats in the back. Madonna KILLED. That was the best halftime show since Prince. I’m sad at the number of writers and commentators who either didn’t see the movie Cleopatra, or think Cleopatra was a “roman goddess”. Madge’s entrance was a great wink/homage and the fools missed.it.entirely.

      • Anonymous

        I definitely saw it as Cleopatra. Or Isis.

    • Anonymous

      The five year old girl in me just squeed.

    • http://profiles.google.com/anplica Anplica Fiore

      & it looked like she really enjoyed bringing it!

    • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

      Clothes: 10.  Performance: 4.  She looked like she was having trouble dancing in the outfit, and even staying on her heels.  Did you notice she almost fell at one point?  She didn’t look like Madonna doing a concert: she looked like a Madonna wannabe doing an okay job. :(

      • Terence Ng

        “Dance: 10. Looks: 3.”

      • Anonymous

        She was suffering from a hamstring injury. Considering the injury plus her age, I think she did pretty damn good. 

        • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

          Plus those heels.

          • http://twitter.com/mediapileup mediapileup

            But that’s the problem. I’d rather have seen her kill the dance moves in flats then awkardly try in those crazy boots. She’s MADONNA. She doesn’t need to prove herself anymore. Why not accept that you can’t do what you did 20-30 years ago? Personally, I thought the best Madonna era was Ray of Light because that was a time where she seemed honest about herself and her failings – i.e. fabulous but relatable – instead of the time-frozen automaton we see today. I swear she didn’t crack a smile during the performance until at least halfway through.

            That being said, the set was awesome and I loved the remix with LMFAO.

            • Anonymous

              I agree 100%. Madonna is a few years older than I am, and one of her trademarks was that she was a fabulous dancer. She looked stiff and scared of falling. I didn’t know about the hamstring injury, though. I kept saying to my family, “I wish she hadn’t worn those heels, she looks afraid of falling.” And she did have trouble getting up on the back step once, she fell backwards. Wear lower heels, dance like you still can and still look fabulous!

        • Anonymous

          Didn’t know about the injury. It explains why her dance move were so awkward. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know — to me it really seemed Givenchy was dressing another competing Evil Queen (though I’ll admit I’d probably prefer Madonna to Julia Roberts in the role). 

    • Kathleen David

      The Opening was so over the top but I loved it. I think she was trying to remind everyone that she pulled this stuff way before Gaga was on the scene. I did love the outfits. I thought they worked well and she can still dance with the best of them

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, coming to the Grammy awards in an egg? Pfft! I’m coming to the super bowl in Cleopatra’s barge! You go, Madge!

    • Anonymous

      She was awesome and the stagewear was incredible.

      All of the haters are people who decided to hate the performance before it even began.

      • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

        No, we’re not.  I went into in wanting to love it.

        • Anonymous

          I agree. I was really looking forward to the halftime show. The over-the-top opening and Givenchy aside, I thought for the most part it was cheesy and boring. And what’s this comparison to Gaga stuff? Two different ladies, two different styles, two different generations.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

          I went in not caring at all, and was pleasantly surprised. :)

        • Anonymous

          I find all this criticism of any Super Bowl half-time show, much less last night’s Super Bowl half-time show, to be a bit ridiculous.  Madonna didn’t win a Nobel Prize or an Oscar or even a challenge on Project Runway, she entertained a large television audience for about 10 minutes, and she was a hell of a lot more enjoyable than the Who, or the Black-Eyed Peas, or Bruce Springsteen, or Tom Petty, or the Rolling Stones, none of whom provoked the same degree of ire. Perhaps I’m just a bit defensive because of all the offensive brodude posts I had to read on Facebook last night (and yes, indeed, I can tell you these people and their ilk came into it wanting to hate it).

          • Anonymous

            I completely agree.  It was probably the best one I’ve seen in 10 years.  The only one that rivals it was Prince – who is MOTHER EFFING PRINCE.  I knew she was going to get a full boatload of misogyny no matter what, as you say people decided to hate it beforehand.  The costumes and staging were absolutely gorgeous.  She is THE female pop star of the late 20th/early 21st century.  I’m not ashamed to admit it, it was a bit of a thrill to see her up there with MIA etc. – all that female power!  I can’t think of another women who could pull it off. That’s what is pissing people off.  They’re just uncomfortable with not having dick on top of dick on top of dick with their annual celebration of dick. 

            Sorry, having a bit of a rant. 

            • Anonymous

              I’m glad you said that. I thought Madonna at the Super Bowl seemed pretty incongruous at first, but then I remembered that women now make up a huge proportion of the NFL audience, and it’s pretty savvy of them to acknowledge that by inviting a performer whose fan base skews very female. I think a lot of straight men were out there rolling their eyes. 

            • Anonymous

              I loved that she was brought in by hunky soldier guys – totally objectified men.  Something to make the straight guys squirm – but not be able to say anything with cheerleaders on the sidelines. :)

          • Anonymous

            That all these years later there is still that wall of contempt for her, the constant no-win expectations – always with that vibe of intense misogyny – is really depressing

      • Call me Bee

        I agree.  I have never been a fan, but I thought she did a terrific performance! 

    • Anonymous

      The clothes were spectacular.  But not so much the performance.  I kind of thought of the scene in Mommie Dearest when JC stood in as CC’s 20-something character on the soap while CC was hospitalized, and CC was mortified by it.  That’s how I felt last night. 

    • allisankelly

      As the kids say, Haters gonna Hate. She killed it and the clothes just added to the awesome.

      As a 40-year-old known to have worshipped Madonna in my younger years, I loved it and had goosebumps the entire time. Weird to say maybe, but she made me proud to be a Madonna fan. My college freshman daughter and her friends enjoyed it too.

      The clothes were excellent.

      • Anonymous

        She was the main reason I tuned in. At one point, my boyfriend turned to me and said, “nobody beats Madonna”.

        • allisankelly

          Afraid my husband was looking at me like I was a nut, I almost had to walk out of the bedroom because I thought a tear might roll down my cheek.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_64HSRZWCSJ5RBFGCWDLFQOICYM G

      The work she’s had done looks fabulous.  You can barely tell she’s been lifted… I thought she was amazing, and loved the clothes.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not a hater, but I was underwhelmed by the performance. I think I would have liked it better if she didn’t constantly pull a “Duets” with younger, more current performers. 

    • Anonymous

      The performance was horrid. But costumewise, wonderful. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2B6U4UNVYIV5DLEG6Z24ALYOC4 Dan Alexander

      Madonna’s show was fun.(period) Why in the heck is everyone trying to scrub it so intensly and find wrong with it. I must say this sooooo much better than the blackeyed peas. She brought it and burned the house down! I can’t wait to see what shape all you haters are in at 53! WORLD PEACE!

      • Call me Bee

        Actually–I loved the performance, but thought the World Peace thing was really cheesey. 

    • http://twitter.com/susanpcollier Susan Collier

      I thought it all was fun. I’ve always been a fan, but I’ve been cringing a bit as she’s gotten older. Not last night. I thought she put on a fun show and seemed totally game. :)

      • Anonymous

        This. It was completely over the top without taking itself too seriously.  And Madge looked like she was genuinely having fun out there.

        If my 20 year old nephew thought it was cool, then she did a pretty damn good job in my book.

    • Anonymous

      Clothes and set spectacular, but the performance was lacking. What the hell was that wheelbarrow kicking thing and she should know that you can’t dance in boots like that!

      • Anonymous

        I felt embarrassed for everyone involved in that wheelbarrow maneuver…

    • nikki ilvento

      The gladiator skirt reminded me of Whitney Houston’s “Queen of the Night” get up from “The Bodyguard”….

    • Anonymous

      She might have brought it, but I not really bought it. Loved the outfits and the songs, but why use a hand microphone? Everybody knows it’s lip-synced. Hated the dancing, it looked as though her *great looking* boots hurt her.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/U62L5K7TAMKW6M67HHB4PTT7ZU Anne

        I’m pretty sure she sang all of them except the new one.

        • Anonymous

           Maybe lip-syncing to a pre-recorded live track?  Don’t mind, if it’s not live for this kind of performance. Still LOVE the 1990 MTV Vogue performance 100 % not live :)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTaXtWWR16A

    • http://twitter.com/VicksieDo VicksieDo

      I thought she definitely brought it, and looked great doing it!

    • http://twitter.com/karenzgoda Karen Zgoda

      The QUEEN was in the house basically saying to all the kids, “THIS is how it is done.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001998855370 Fatima Siddique

      She killed that halftime show. Nap-town never even knew what hit it. That was a Madge-storm.

    • Anonymous

      It was watchable, but that big “WORLD PEACE” sign at the end was ridiculous.

      • http://twitter.com/GuidosDaddy Jason M. Galloway

        Not really.  The chance to spread that message at any time is always a good thing.

        • Anonymous

          But what is that message exactly? It ties in with absolutely nothing, resulting in being trite and meaningless.

        • Anonymous

           because some warmongering person was watching the superbowl and was so moved by Madonna and company’s performance they were shocked out of their “Woo Hooo War” mentality at the sight of sparkling letters on a football field?

          It was an empty gesture – nothing more.

      • Anonymous

        That’s the only part I thought was worth a damn. And that tells you how much I thought of the whole ridiculous spectacle.

    • http://profiles.google.com/melantha.chimera Eileen Duffy

      Ya know, I really don’t like people constantly using the word “haters” to describe people who don’t agree.  I am a Madonna fan.  I don’t think she did a great job, although the staging, sets, and costumes were fab.  Does it have to be all or nothing?  I don’t think so….

    • Anonymous

      Loved her costumes, loved the set design, loved the song choices, thought some of the segues were slightly awkward, but overall it was a fantastic show and performance.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Bow down people! She totally brought it. Lover her, loved the performance, love you guys for this post about the clothes which, of course, I was wondering about the minute she stepped on stage. I thought the show was tight and fun and she looked like she was having a blast. Oh Madge, I do love you so.

    • Anonymous

      I can definitely see She-Ra.  But my first thought was Empress Nympho from History of the World Part 1.

    • Anonymous

      clothing was UNREAL. perfect segue into a month of Fashion Weeks. The way she moved made me cringe though. like she felt uncomfortable. and that is a sight rarely seen.

    • Anonymous

      I would have way more pegged her for one of the Misfits, but the 80’s cartoon references are taking the edge of on this blustery Monday, so much obliged.  

      And I was a little too tipsy and annoyed at the NE halftime lead to see the full half-time show, but in the 4th pic, she kind of looks like a gladiator about to take a massive twosie…not loving that imagery.

    • http://twitter.com/aStudiobytheSea a Studio by the Sea

      I bust out laughing.  It is camp, right?  It’s supposed to be funny?

      • Anonymous

        Yes, one can only hope.

    • Anonymous

      LIKE. LIKE. LIKE.

    • http://twitter.com/arodenha Alli

      Of course she came in on the shoulders of dozens of gladiators. Of course she was wearing a headress. Did you forget? She’s f’ing MADONNA!

      • http://beautyforrealgirls.blogspot.com/ accidental housewife

        That might have been my favorite part. My husband was rolling his eyes, but I thought it was a hoot. So very Madonna.

      • Anonymous

        How could anyone forget, with her constantly reminding us how important she is?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      Are her dancers wearing gold Doc Martens?

      • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

        They sure seem to be – god I’d love a pair of those!

        • Anonymous

          not docs, not here, not w/ the zippers & i think maybe the soles are too thin. otoh, you can definitely get metallic docs, i dont know about new but keep up the ebay seeking & ye shall find.

          • http://twitter.com/foodycatAlicia foodycatAlicia

            I had a pair of lavender pearlised 8-holes about 10 years ago. They were amazing shoes but both my husband and my boss hated them. One day…

    • Allyson Wells

      Loved the clothes and I was truly impressed by her performance. All that running, dancing, flipping, etc… that would be tough for anyone, but at 53?? Amazing! 

    • http://twitter.com/chagedorn3 Curt Hagedorn

      Madonna is the hardest working woman in show business…this is what a real star does, brings it ALL and makes it look easy.  It’s probably the best she’s ever been, or one of the best.  Compare it to any halftime show in the past ten years.  She owned that place and everyone in it.  Was it strange, weird, sometimes even a little pathetic…welcome to the Show Business.  Material Girl, meet Norma Desmond.  Not EVERYONE has to be young :)

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. She looked amazing. I was hoping she would perform 10 more songs at least. To heck with the Super Bowl.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dkbbmail Dorrene BrownButterfield

      I agree with you, she BROUGHT IT last night!

    • Anonymous

      Haven’t seen the film (did read Asterix and Cleopatra though :) ) but I looked up Cleopatra’s entrance to Rome on YouTube. Now I’m going to watch the whole film, because that looked amazing!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/SGOMJASQHVAEBWMPF6RKKTG5YY Mir

      It was an homage to Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra.  Hence the Roman gladiator style outfit underneath the gold robes.

    • SusannahH

      I thought she was channeling Elizabeth Taylor’s entrance to Rome in “Cleopatra”… 

      • Judy_J

        Yes, exactly!

    • http://opinionandamovie.blogspot.com/ Deitra S.

      Bless you for these stills, they are AMAZING!  I loved the costumes (probably more than the performance), but I had no idea they were Givenchy Couture!  I was just calling it Wagnerian Glam. 

    • Lexie

      I agree that the clothes were fabulous, but I absolutely hate when a lip-syncing performer uses a microphone. Everyone knows that is the original recording, Madge. Also, those assisted cartwheels were hard to watch. If you’re older and injured, then you should probably pull a diva move and let the background dancers do the work for you and spend your time actually singing.

      However, Cee-Lo Green brought it, I freaking love him! I wish MIA and Nicki got a little more camera time.

      • Anonymous

        I know! It was like “ooh look, Granny’s doing cartwheels! Woohoo Granny!”

    • Anonymous

      Ok, so I totally did not understand the Roman/Viking/Egyptian/Cheerleader/Gospel iconography mash-up during the SuperBowl halftime show. It seems that most folks thought Madonna really brought it, but I thought she looked clunky, awkward, and graceless. 

    • Anonymous

      In the pics they looks dark, elegant, intriguing but then on Madge its just like desperate mom trying to look cool in front of her kids. 

    • Anonymous

      If you doubt how great a performance/spectacle it was, wait and see how much of it Lady Gag(a) copies.

      • Anonymous

        It’s likely Gaga will stay far away from anything remotely resembling this train wreck.

        • Anonymous

          Don’t know what she’ll be performing, but I fully expect that before I die Gaga will appear at the Super Bowl show. I would bet my house.

    • Judy_J

      Killer costumes, and she looked great.  Loved the homage to Liz Taylor’s “Cleopatra”.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the long coat she wore towards the end was odd… shine, shine shine, and than it hit the knees… and then a  black hole of black cloth.

    • Anonymous

      oh for heavens sake she looks like she goes from a desperately needing to pee but holding it in aztec viking valkerie to an i’m gonna do it anywhere right here right now squatting peeing aztec valkerie viking. then i guess after the windsor debacle she’s got the mahler in her a whole lot more than the music, a whole lot more than she ever had the music, if you will excuse me. if you will also excuse me redux i will refrain from telling a true story i never wanted to know re madonna & pee, straight from the person standing right beside the horse’s mouth. if you will.

      though the spangly dress is nice.

      • Anonymous

        I hope you mean to entertain when you vent a little, because you crack me up.

        • Anonymous

          i know i’m funny, i dont know i’m venting. never could stand her but she didnt ruin culture all on her own. she’s hurt other people i know personally, not me. just the wrong person at the wrong time, i think. but the lead among them.

    • Anonymous

      I didn’t watch the game or the halftime show, as I’m a sometimes football watcher (read: when the husband has the remote) and full-time Madge hater.  I have to say she looks great in these pics, but all I can think of with that first get up is Elmer Fudd singing to Wagner – KILL DE WABBIT, KILL DE WABBIT!!

    • Anonymous

      She brought it and took it back home with her! I thought she ROCKED and was awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Pure spectacle! Who else but Cleopatradonna to rule a cast of thousands? Acrobatics, parkour, couture, cee-lo and LFMAO. The lady certainly knows how to collect supporting players. She may not be the best singer, but rather possibly the single greatest pop music CEO the world has ever seen. Way to kick it out, Madame.

    • Anonymous

      amen!

    • Anonymous

      She rocked it. And I may be the only person in the world who doesn’t think she lip synced the entire show. I could swear she was actually singing that last bit. Killer costumes, over the top production, wink and a not….Pure Madonna. LOVE HER!

      • Anonymous

        She was singing at the end. Shows the talent of her sound people that the transition from tape to live was hardly noticed.

    • http://profiles.google.com/elaine.childs.magda Elaine Childs

      Call me a hater, but I thought it was awful. She couldn’t move in those boots and “danced” like an old woman. The golden crotch was just too much.

      • Anonymous

        She IS an old woman.

    • anne.landre

      Not a hater at all. She was a genuine, pop performer trail blazer and I have loved her music forever. The costumes? Gorgeous stage wear. Madonna doing the same old, same old prancing routine?  Smacked of desperate, aging woman.  Cheerleader? Really? It’s past time to evolve.

    • Anonymous

      Putting my critical pants on: I thought the  guests stars were underused and the vocals too quiet in several places.
      Taking them off: SOOOOOO much better than the BEP train wreck last year. And yeah she brought it.

    • Anonymous

      It looks like someone forgot to take off the anti-theft tags from the hem of the cloak in the fourth picture.

      Madonna is a smart businesswoman, but like Cher, isn’t she getting a bit long in the tooth for an act like this?

      • Anonymous

        I thought it was very age-appropriate, especially given that this is Madonna, who usually dresses like her teenage daughter. She was covered up for the most part and let her dancers do the heavy lifting choreographically. She did some dancing, but it wasn’t overly sexy or desperate. A nice change of pace, I’d say. Her hair is still too young.

        • Anonymous

          You’re right; given her fashion history, these looks were certainly tame! Flashback to her Desperately Seeking Susan days and her Gautier cone bras. I guess I’m just having difficulty with pop music performers over fifty (a place I find myself in as well.)

          • Anonymous

            I can imagine it’s hard to age gracefully and still be yourself when your “self” is the Madonna of cone bras, “Sex” books, and gay nightclubs. Sometimes she pulls it off, sometimes she doesn’t. There’s not really a well-trodden path for this kind of thing. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      Freaking awesome. You can’t pay me to watch the Superbowl, but now I kind of wish I’d tuned in for this. Thanks for posting!

    • Elaine Lang

      the clothes were AMAZING.

      The new song sounds like a peppy Target commercial.

      Another board I frequent just made an analogy between Madonna’s arms and Clint Eastwood’s penis, and now MY BRAIN CAN’T UNTHINK HORRIFYING THINGS.

      That’s all.   

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like s peppy Target commercial…HA. Love you for that…perfect description for that new song.

    • Anonymous

      Wardrobe and performance were both AWESOME.  We were all eyes glued to the TV.  They had 30 mins to setup, perform and dismantle … and pulled it off wonderfully.  Sometimes even when you lipsync its over a pre-recorded track.  I dont know if that was the case, but either way Queen Madonna showed how it’s done.  In the words of darling Miss Niki … she threw her twos in the air and she did it on em!  Take that lady haha.

    • http://twitter.com/TheRealSandraOh Sandra Oh

      The clothes were gorgeous if a bit heavy and made her look thick and clumsy in some dance sequences.  I was entertained but not all that impressed.

    • Anonymous

      I thought she looked awkward on stage (nervous or a bit stiff) but the clothes were phenomenal.

    • Anonymous

      At the Castro bar where my gay boys were watching, her show was followed by stunned silence – and not in a good way…

    • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

      From @RamiKashou’s Twitter: “The 6 Roman leading ladies that walked Madonna on stage wore my ivory draped gowns (those were mine) :-)” 

      • Anonymous

        Bravo. Exceptionally well done Rami!

      • Call me Bee

        No kidding!  The perfect venue for his work! 

      • Anonymous

        Congratulations Rami, perfect venue to display your work.

      • Anonymous

        Would rather see Rami dressed like a gladiator…now that is a half time show worth watching

    • Anonymous

      Nicki Minaj and M.I. A. (especially )stole the show.

    • Anonymous

      Haters be damned. Madonna was phenomenal and those outfits were the truth! You have to give the woman her props because her production is a true complete and entertaining show. She knew where every single camera was and she worked them as if her life depended on it. Between the Vogue floor/tiles show, the break dancers dancing down bleachers to THOSE BOOTS SHE WORE, the cheer squad and the marching band it was just a frickin’ great show.

      That said, could someone slap MIA upside the head and tell her that her little finger barely registered above tired 8th grade rebellion?? She just looked lame.

      • Anonymous

        I know, right? What exactly was her point? She also looked like she was performing for an entirely different show.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe she was giving Madonna the finger behind her back.

      • Anonymous

         MIA was given the chance to shine and show off her talents (?) and that’s how she repays everyone?  Sure, many are talking about it, but I’m not sure it’s going to add to the longevity of her career especially on network television and maybe that’s the idea.

    • Anonymous

      The stagecraft was really really fabulous (credit to Madge) and the Givenchy was of course gorgeous (no credit to Madge, except for choosing to haul it around on her bones). The choreography was dull, and the pre-recorded nature of her lip-synched performance pretty much sucked all the energy out of the thing (kinda hard to do in a packed football stadium, so more credit to Madonna). She didn’t update or play with her vocalizations of the standards (Cee Lo did, but he was lost in the production), and honestly her little bubblegum trifle of a new single was shown for just the meh it is by nestling it among inarguable classics. I’m sure this all was lost on the dedicated Madonnatrons, but honies, while the girl’s still good this wasn’t a performance as much as an animatronic salute to her storied past. More M.I.A., please. (And it was amusing that NBC went back into its football coverage with “Edge of Glory,” following Madonna with Gaga and making little Madgite heads explode all over the world.)

    • Joe Ambroson

      I agree the clothes were good…but the rest of the show was “eh” to me…

    • Sweetvegan

      I’ve seen a lot of comments from haters , and the comments are mostly sexist & ageist. No one criticizes Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi for continuing to perform 25+ years after their first hit.

      • Anonymous

        I think the criticism is less about her singing than her dancing which did look awkward at times. Can you honestly say that  Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi perform in a similar manner? 

        IMHO, Jagger, Richards, Ozbourne, Simmons, etc. should have tried to gracefully retire many millenia ago.

    • MilaXX

      She shut it down! I loved this halftime show. Rami tweeted that he made part of the costume as well.

    • Anonymous

      She looks incredible and actually seemed to ENJOY performing!  Take note, Little Monsters.

    • Call me Bee

      YOu betcha she brought it, and told Gaga–“Take it, bi*tch!  This is how it’s done!”  Loved the costumes, the vogue-ing Egyptian style and “Like a Prayer” with Cee-Lo.  Excellent! 

    • http://twitter.com/CanITakeANap Rosie49

      ya know, I thought it was a pretty age-appropriate spectacle.  I’m over 50 and I liked that she covered up her arms (tho she clearly takes care of her machine — the hands and arms don’t lie about her age.)  And over-the-top is nothing less than I come to expect from the Madge.   

    • MilaXX

       I’m not a huge Madonna fan, but I think she did a pretty good job. The superbowl is rarely on the level of a concert performance because they have to play for both the tv cameras and the live audience.  I’m also pretty sure she was singing to  a track and nit straight out lipsynching.

    • MilaXX

       I’m a fair weather football fan; I only watch playoffs and the superbowl. Last night was a good game, well worth seeing.

    • Anonymous

      Lady GaGa looked rough

    • MilaXX

       I agree, I think if anything she was singing to a track. In a stadium even singing live can look like lip syching because of the way the audio is piped out to the stadium.

    • Anonymous

      The costumes for Madonna were fantastic. The black-on-black was especially attractive.

      C-Lo looked like a burnt California Raisin.

      As for M.I.A.: Honey, when you’re doing your OWN show you can flip off the audience all you want. When you’re a guest at someone else’s show? Put that shit away.

    • MilaXX

       Nicki yes, but M.I.A. lost me when she flipped the bird on national tv.

      • Anonymous

        So juvenile. Isn’t she a mother now? Doesn’t she have better ways to make whatever statement she wants to make? Or is she just trying to make the papers and upstage Madonna?

        • MilaXX

           Yup she had a kid a year or two ago. Not only was it stupid, it may also have been career suicide. Madge certainly won’t take her on tour with her acting like that.

    • thehousesparrow

      Brought it but didn’t let the other performers do much!  I was disappointed about that.  Why even pay them to show up?

    • Anonymous

      I loved this so much! I thought she was fabulous, age appropriate but still Madge. 

    • Anonymous

      I thought she seemed kind of stiff (and at one point it looked like she almost fell off the beachers) but by the time she was shaking the pom poms with Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. she looked totally comfortable and adorable. 

    • Anonymous

      She turned it out. I dont care what anybody says. The outfits were consistently headturning like nothing Ive seen her wear on stage i ages and also age appropriate. Truly original while still a cleopatra homage. Givenchy is the shit. Plus a 19 yr old would have looked stiff trying to backflip in those boots so Madonna (all 53 yrs and an injury to boot) werqed that shit out and requires nothing but snaps up in a circular formation for the dance portion of the performance- cause yes homegirl was totally not singing for most of the show.

      But that said- madge was singing when cee lo was on stage for sure. She couldnt not sing when all he would do is sing- his vocals are way too strong and he would never choose do anything but belt it out– and shed have looked like a fool to be lip synching for her life at that point. And that actually requires more kudos since her vocals sounded pretty strong on like a prayer on the heels of 5 straight mins of dancing (and again i n those boots. Those *fierce* ass boots Id buy in a hearbeat it they didnt mean Id default on my mortgage as a result).

      Shes still got it. Period.

    • Anonymous

      Loved the stagewear.  Now that is the way to dress when you’re a legend.  Loved the show, too.  

    • marilyn

      I thought her first gold number was too stagey, and unrelated to the AMERICAN Superbowl.  What was she going for, metallic norse warrior princess?  It takes a lot of nerve to wear that headpiece.  This was too tacky for Las Vegas.  It was 1) shiny and 2) designed to be seen from a distance.  This just affirms that I like Madonna’s singing, but I cant stand to look at her.  She is too hard on the eyes. 

      • Anonymous

        Other way around for me. Not a great voice, but she is such a great student of what is trendily being called “visual culture.”

    • Anonymous

      Most. Ridiculous. Thing. Ever.

      • Anonymous

        What you said. Double.

    • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

      Totally agree!!  She looked amazing!  Totally energetic and… dare I say it, looking like she was having some fun with it all?!  She looked really youthful (without trying to look like a teenager), beautiful, soft, sexy and totally Madonna.  And in stilleto boots the whole time.  WERQ!

    • Anonymous

      The coat was gorgeous as was the dress, but her hair (can’t be all hers, can it?) covered up the bodice of both. 
      She should have worn a better bra.

      I wish she hadn’t been so ambitious in the stage show, she looked tentative a lot of the time.

    • http://twitter.com/madamesuggia Madame Suggia

      She killed it up, down & across. Madonna as Cleopatra? Too perfect.

    • Anonymous

      I would bet that’s the first time the Super Bowl half time show had a baby oil budget.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Kay-Sanceda-Gadon/725256919 Colleen Kay Sanceda Gadon

      She’s had better performances I must say. The dancing which started on the 6:00 something mark felt like a painful America’s Got Talent audition. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater. I’m a big fan actually, and I just want to see Madonna at her best. She’s Madonna and will always be Madonna with or without the gimmicks.

    • Anonymous

      If you’re not going to actually sing, get off the f**cking stage!

      • Tamara Hogan

        Yup. She lip-synched for her life.  

    • Anonymous

      Lord do I hate her new song, and I cringed at the mid-set comedy routine with LMFAO, but yes, this how you spell e-x-t-r-a-v-a-g-a-n-z-a! If you can’t go over the top at the Super Bowl, when can you? She looks beautiful in close up (maybe a hint too much collagen?), and I still think that hairdo is too young, but Gurl Brott Itt.

    • Anonymous

      I’m all over the place on this one. I really like Madonna and grew up watching her videos and wanting to be as cool as her. But it seemed to me that all she did was stride back and forth across the stage, while truly amazing things (that tightrope dancer!) were happening AROUND her. I didn’t think the costumes were that amazing; not once did I think, “WOW, Madonna!! You go, girl!”  And I really wanted to. More power to her, but I thought it was pretty forgettable.

      • Anonymous

        She did a back walkover in six inch heels.  She ran stadium steps in SIX INCH HEELS!  Is she supposed to set herself on fire?

        • Anonymous

           Ha ha ha! True enough. I don’t know what I was expecting.

    • Susan Crawford

      Honestly, I never thought I would hear the words “Super Bowl Halftime Show” and “Givenchy Couture” in the same sentence, let alone the same lifetime. The show was – meh. But props to Her Madgesty for representing with style.

    • Anonymous

      For her age – she was fantastic. I’m glad she left the super cray-cray dance moves to the younger professionals and focused on rocking the most amazing over the knee boots in the whole wide universe. I don’t even like Madonna and I have to give her props for the outfits.

      Like a Prayer was the best part.

    • Anonymous

      LOVED IT. Dramatic, fun, exhuberant, loved the variety.

      How many women her age even get a shot at performing at the Super Bowl?

      This time the fingerles gloves worked with the outfit

      Gave a lot of people work – from the set designers, to the performers

      Yes there were a few times where she was a bit wobbly, but heck do you really expect perfection in a live show? Shows she was human, in addition to being a goddess.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clydette-Wantland/673315286 Clydette Wantland

      Loved it.  Liking that the old gal can still rock it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

      I thought it was awesome.  I love old school Madonna, not such a fan of her newer stuff, but I loved this show and I thought the costumes were great and she looked so cute swinging her curls and her little black skirt – she worked it.  It was fab.  I also loved the drumline and cee-lo. 

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      I thought it was good, but wished she sang instead of lip synching. The song mix was good. Personally, I think she should have trashed her new song, opened the show with Robbie Williams and the Pet Shop Boys doing “She’s Madonna” and then do a mosh up of “Sorry” and “It’s a Sin.”  But that’s just the gay boy in me.

    • Anonymous

      so
      i re-watched madge’s wiggle and shake, and as much as she annoys me
      with her pompous faux-british society lady bullshit, bitch is 53 and she
      kinda killed it. i love that, for once, she seemed to be having fun
      and didn’t take herself too seriously. VOGUE.
       

    • Anonymous

      1000 YESs!! Exactly what I said – perfectly Madonna for her age -I was half expecting her to break out the cone bras -so I was just ecstatic with the choice of outfits! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

      She brought the Big Gs to the Superbowl:
      Game
      Givenchy
      G.A.Y.
      ….and I couldn’t love her more for it.  
      Seriously, the moment the Liz Taylor-tribute Cleopatra procession began and  dozens of oiled up Roman boy toys started VOGUING AT THE EFFING SUPERBOWL, I fell in love with her all over again.  It was a thoroughly entertaining performance and guess what kids…every big live act does some amount of lipsynching and click tracking.  EVERY single one (just ask a roadie; used to date one who gave me the low down) and most of them aren’t cavorting on bleachers in the cold and doing cartwheels in 5 inch stilettos.  Every last bit of it had her signature and you couldn’t help but say to yourself afterwards  “Now, girls, THAT is how it is done”.  Clever costume solution to the critiques she’s gotten on the arm situation. 
      Love her or hate her, that woman pretty much invented the modern definition of Fierce.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

      Oh, the memories! I used to own almost all the She-Ra action figures and my friend (who was a boy) owned all the He-Man ones. We used to have sleep overs and bring our action figures to each others houses. Not a fan of Madonna’s music lately, but I gotta say she looks fab!

    • Anonymous

      The 2nd Givenchy sketch is seriously bow-legged!  Is that normal in couture?

      I didn’t watch the game at all, but think these pictures look fun.  I do, however, despise her new song.  She’s about 3 decades past being able to do that kind of juvenile song.

    • Anonymous

      I thought her clothes and athleticim were very impressive.  The things that were odd were transitions between the various “guest appearances”.  For example, I think LMFAO was a great idea to coordinate with Madonna, especially since she is known for her amazing body for her age and working out.  I got what they were going for and it was a great idea, but it came across as almost confused.  Maybe that’s the thing, there was lots of potential that wasn’t realized.  Overall much better than any recent half-time.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=691521055 Houston Scott

      The Superbowl as Bread and Circuses – America as the New Rome – that was Madonna’s sly comment.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1401197785 Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I was one of the haters, I admit it. Madonna and the Superbowl didn’t seem to mesh, but she was spectacular. I loved every bit of it, especially the part with LMFAO (not a fan of theirs but they played well together.)

    • Diego!

      Now that’s what I call an entrance! My God, she rocked that stadium and my TV! Long live The Queen! hahaha

      She was amazing and her clothes were spectacular as well :)

    • vmcdanie

      Didn’t give a shit about the SuperBowl but watched this today and LOVED it. The voguing, the Spartacus regiment, the couture. I can’t believe America accepted it. Fantastique!

      Is MIA’s middle finger going to be the Janet Jackson nipple of 2012?

    • Anonymous

      I thought she was great and I couldn’t believe I was hearing “Vogue” at the Super Bowl.  Of course after my 6 yo daughter asked: “who is Madonna?”, we just said: “She is Mom and Dad’s Lady Gaga”…. I thought she did awesome… and Like a Prayer with Cee Lo was just fantastic….

    • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

      Oh, she brought it. And Cee-Lo even managed not to outshine her.

    • Anonymous

      best. super bowl. show.ever.  loved every minute of it.  mia is an ass

    • margaret meyers

      1)  Hated the part where part of her ‘weave got caught in the opening of her black choir robe.  Geez, maybe it’s her merkin… anyway, that’s gotta hurt. 
      2)  Glad the face lift is relaxing!
      3)  That movie she made about the Dook and Duchess of Windsor — what became of it?

    • Anonymous

      The halftime show was entertaining, though not without hiccups. The clothes were fabulous. The only thing I can’t get over is Madonna associating herself with the obnoxious LMFAO tools.

    • Anonymous

      So how do we find out how to get those silver bedazzled high tops the dancers wore?  I’ll admit, I’m a little obsessed!

    • Anonymous

      as an aside: the drawing’s look like concept characters for Last Airbender.

      I didn’t hate her performance, and it was better than the last few shows we’ve been given.
      Just because her mic is filtered doesn’t mean she was lipsynching.  The first half isn’t clear, but the second half is definitely  live.
      I liked that she would sing to the people behind the stage every now and then.
      No, Cee Lo, this doesn’t make up for Imagine.

    • Anonymous

      I thought she brought it. Mostly. The costumes were tons of showy fun and it was great hearing the old songs. It was nostalgic in a good way. But for all the bells and whistles there wasn’t a ton of energy. Does that make sense? Hope I can move like Madge when I’m 53 on her worst day. The new song? BAD. So bad.

      The best half-time show I can recall was Prince. No lip syncing. In the rain. He KILLED it. His talent and showmanship were unbeatable.

    • oohsparkley!

      Count me in as one who was entertained and impressed with Madonna’s show, costume, dancing and looks.  Amazing – for any age.

    • Anonymous

       It’s like ancient romans hitting the clubs and cheerleading… it doesn’t make sense… but it sure makes a hell of a show.
      Madge, you’re something, but a guess you already know that.
      Also, who is the head og Givenchy? I want to tell him/her it is possible they are a genius. He/she probbably already knows that as well!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sunsetmarmalade Ricky Carter

      I really loved everything about the performance!

    • R. L.

      I waited for this video since I’m not a football fan.  Thanks!  She did bring it!

    • http://twitter.com/sockandaphone Gaby

      i was watching the superbowl with a ton of bros but everyone was amazed at her performance. IT WAS AWESOME. and Cee-lo in his sequined robe? W E R Q it. My only quip was LMFAO coming out of left side but I hope people will realize eventually theyre just the flavor of the moment. I hope. It was SO much better than last year’s halftime show.

    • Anonymous

      Not a Madonna fan, but this was one of the best put-together halftime shows since the Superbowl started using high-visibility performers. And I loved that she managed to dress age-appropriate but still sexy.

    • http://twitter.com/condoblues Lisa

      Where can I get a group of buff scantily clad gladiators to pull me on a sled to work everyday? No one is answering my Craigslist ad.

    • Larissa Pelc

      Love her, loved the show!

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      I thought everything was great — except the cheerleader thing.  Sorry, but that woman is too old to pull off a cheer-inspired routine… it’s just sad to watch.

    • Anonymous

      1.  Best staged show for a superbowl halftime
      2.  Best couture for a superbowl halftime
      3.  When you have a career as long as her and can still do what she does, and look THAT good doing it at her age – then you can hate – until then….

      • Lisa

        Best Post EVAH!  Thumbs up, indeed!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jane-Morris/1076502799 Jane Morris

      I thought the staging was all great, but my neighbor summed it up about Madonna when he said (about her dancing around), “It’s like an old dog who sees the cat out the window and just growls a little but doesn’t get up.”

    • Anonymous

      The clothes were gorgeous!! I love Madonna, she did an OK job, but I kept wishing she didn’t have on 4 inch heels, because she looked afraid to dance. I am 50 and overweight and I can move it more fluidly than she did, and I think it was the heels. She had to be afraid of falling on her remarkably wrinkle-free face!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

        I hate that every female perfomer “must” perform in 4 inch heels or higher. Clearly we need another woman’s movement to address this problem.

        I would have loved seeing Madonna dance in the same comfortable shoes that the male dancers wore.

    • Anonymous

      Madonna’s costumes were amazing, but her “back up”  singers schooled her when it comes to singing.  She’s never had a great voice (even lip-synched) but this really showed it up.  

    • Anonymous

      Between the ads, the show, and the game, it’s as if multiple waves of American pop culture were all crashing down on that stadium at once.  For better or for worse.

    • Anonymous

      The old broad knows how to make and entrance that’s for sure. 

    • Tom Shea

      “Super Bowl” is two words.
      “SUPER BOWL” is two words.
       “SUPER BOWL” IS TWO WORDS!

    • Anonymous

      Regardless if you love her or hate her music.  Love her or hate her persona.  Madonna put on an amazing show and looked freaking fabulous doing so.  And for all of her detractors in the twitterverse that proclaimed she looked old…for f’s sake she is kinda old in pop star years.  I hope I look half as good at 53.  She rules.  Lady Gaga can suck it and continue to look ridiculous.   Carry on.  

    • Anonymous

      I still remember Mick Jagger strutting around like a gnarly old rooster in 2006. bor-ring! I wasn’t bored this year, for sure.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2P2ANLRZ6YAVGONA36I2AQJYGI VicD

      Gotta totally give it up to her on this one – and I am not a fan, but she rocked it in all aspects.

    • http://ultimatevariety.blogspot.com/ Thombeau

      I’ve never seen a Super Bowl half-time show before, and probably never will again, but I can’t imagine one being more fabulous than this. Loved it!

    • muzan-e

      …. didn’t see most of it, on account of shamelessly skipping straight through to Nicki Minaj’s feature. *cough* …. and rewinding back to see Rami’s work on the stage. I’m so happy for him!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

      I’ve seen some criticisms on the robe at the end, but looking at this as a costumer, sequins COMPLETELY make sense for this, as remember, this wasn’t merely televised, but a live event and what reads on camera doesn’t necessarily read on a live stage (particularly with the very special lighting challenges of that particular event and venue).  Nothing catches the light on large stages like sequins (not even swaroskis!) and to sparkle and show texture on that scale (especially for an all black garments) to the live audience as well as the cameras, they were absolutely necessary.  This IS stagewear after all.

    • http://twitter.com/BootLadyTeri23 Teri Horne

      Full wardrobe credits: Boots by Miu Miu, Hat by Philip Treacy for Givenchy, and Earrings by Bulgari.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, there’s all sorts of subtext you can read into Miss Madge’s Superbowl outfits, but for me the bottom line was what T Lo said: “Givenchy couture and vogueing AT THE FREAKING SUPERBOWL!!” Madonna is walking her talk. She is Expressing Herself. And wow, what a statement!!

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know if her heels were too high or her joints are too stiff, but her dancing was disappointing.

      • Lisa

        They mentioned on the news this morning that she’d had a pulled hamstring, so her dancing *was* a little more tentative than it normally would have been.  And the girl STILL brought it!

    • Anonymous

      She really looks like she walked straight out of Hellboy 2.

      Like Hellboy 2 is really THE direct inspiration for the costumes.

    • Anonymous

      ‘Bout time some art director figured out that the halftime show F/X play better (at least on TV, maybe in the stadium as well) when a greater proportion of the ‘set’ is done with computer graphics.   

      Fun to have Givenchy and Treacy at the Superbowl, of all things . . . Now I wanna know who designed the Penguin Choir robes (??).  

    • Anonymous

      No sorry. Givenchy’s ok, but crap music, pom-poms, disco nun.
      Hate it all. Cheesy, overproduced nothingness.

    • Anonymous

      She looked bored throughout.

    • Anonymous

      I thought she looked slow and tentative, like an old lady afraid of slipping and falling. And the new song…L-U-V-Madonna…so sad and LAME!!

      • Anonymous

        I agree with you completely! I through the costumes were great, but I felt kind of sad for her overall. Slow and tentative are two words I don’t normally associate with Madge.

      • Anonymous

        Nail on head

    • Presumptuous Insect

      The allusion to Liz in Cleopatra was too much. What is with her trying to place herself alongside cultural icons?  She ain’t no Liz. And the new song sucks.

    • Anonymous

      Bitch brought it.  Haters to the left.

    • Anonymous

      Madge kicked ass from end zone to end zone.  I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

    • Anonymous

      Just found out Rami designed the gold Roman dancer costumes.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dwight.lake Dwight Lake

      Nailed it. (but i’m not a madonna fan so i’m no authority lol)

    • Anonymous

      She ROCKED it!  

    • Anonymous

      I just find her music really boring. The parts other people performed were much better, in my opinion. She looked great though.

    • Anonymous

      I am not a fan, at all, but it was a spectacle  and that is what is needed at an event like the Super Bowl.

    • Anonymous

      Joy Behar summed it up nicely on this morning’s The View: It’s always nice to see a 53 year old pop star perform 20 year old songs.

      It could have been worse although cringeworthy in parts.  She really is turning into Baby Jane isn’t she?

    • Lisa

      She was Ah-MAY-ZING!  Girl pulled it off, just like I knew she would!

    • Anonymous
    • Anonymous

      Really Madge…lots of money wasted on this mess of a show. Madge looked awkward and unsure of herself. Clothes looked like left over costumes from a roadshow of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat…or worse, AIDA. Cool projections and digital effects. I say bring back the marching bands.

    • troublejf

      Ironically, considering how many people out in webland have been so quick to point out that Madonna showed Lady Gaga who’s boss, Madge’s performance came off as quite “reductive” when compared side by side with Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite tour, as one resourceful person helpfully demonstrated.

      http://www.abload.de/img/madonnacopieskyliedyuy2.jpg

      Yes, I realize one was inspired by Greek mythology and the other had a twist of the Egyptian via “Cleopatra” but still…

      It was a good halftime show, lots of fun, and I’ll never stop loving the fact that “Vogue”, possibly one of the gayest songs of all time, was performed at the Super Bowl. But let’s stop pretending that Madonna is still, or was ever, the first to do anything.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

      She looks like Glenda the Good Witch as a Viking, and I still don’t get Madonna or her popularity.  There are a lot more interesting acts in the U.S. to choose from.  

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for posting the video, TLo, as I missed it last night. Wow, that was so awful and awkward I feel kind of depressed now. She looks like she’s just pushing herself through the moves like an old pack animal. The magic (Madge-ic?) is GONE. Girl needs a new act and a whole new way of moving. She just looks like her lower back is killing her through this whole painful 12 minutes.

    • Anonymous

      Here’s what I want to know.

      “At her age”…”age-appropriate”…”old gal” 

      Did anyone say any of these types of things for the likes of Springsteen, McCartney or Jagger?  They’re all older than she is. I have yet to hear anyone say “the old man brought it” or “the clothes were age-appropriate” for any of these geriatric  male performers.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve heard lotsa people say stuff like that.  Not to mention the Keith Richards jokes.

        Plus, McCartney and Jagger (and other male stars) all significantly covered up more as they aged. They actually did start “dressing their age.” When’s the last time anyone saw Britt Michael’s hairline? I think I know why he wears bandanas 24/7…

    • butter nut

      she looked like what she is – MOTHERFUCKING ROYALTY.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheChangling Michelle Lucas

      Who said Rami was responsible for these looks? Givenchy, I say – Givenchy!! Pronounced JEEE VAUN SHE!!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614311367 Eileen Masselli

      I’m so glad you said it — I thought I was the only one who thought Madge totally BROUGHT IT!

    • http://vhanna26.typepad.com Vera

      Am I the only one that thought her gladiator skirt was a trifle too long?  Was it a concession to Super Bowl skittishness? Also, Cee-Lo’s robe was too fabulous–perfect for him and the venue.

    • AMartel

      Madonna and the Trojans.  The jokes they write themselves.  It was mildly entertaining and madame seemed in a good mood.
      She almost fell on her butt because of those big heels.  Fashion victim.  Style over substance.  That’s our Madonna.

      “Did anyone say any of these types of things for the likes of Springsteen, McCartney or Jagger? ”  Yes, all the time.  Stop whining.

    • Anonymous

      She did say that she was really nervous–more than at her own shows.  She didn’t have a hand-picked audience who was paying to see her–she had a lot more people to entertain than her own fans.  Given that, I thought she did a good job–was happy to see that she wasn’t at all sleazy–she was mindful of the audience (no Janet Jackson).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1291950405 Jennifer Pidala

      She totally brought it.

    • Anonymous

      I enjoyed it.  I thought she was awesome.  I’m usually bored as hell during the half-time show and it kept my attention throughout.  The pageantry of the show was great.  I really liked that she was sort of covered up (for her).  It appealed to me. 

    • Cheri Lee

      I felt she was trying too hard. She looked so bubbly and fake but I loved the clothes. I could have done without M.I.A. though…twat.