The elements of a great Super Bowl halftime show performance includes a college marching band with some great dance moves plus a big name entertainer. That hasn’t always been the case.

The first ever Super Bowl halftime show was performed in 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This was back when only university marching bands entertained the crowd. Things were so much simpler then, right?

Fast forward to represent day 2024, and we’ve got one of the world’s biggest pop and R&B stars, Usher, slated to wow us with pyrotechnics, fireworks, flashing LED lights, stage jumps, and who knows what else.

Usher will perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show 2024
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Recently, we looked at the best Super Bowl games that were played in California stadiums. Now, let’s take a fun walk down memory lane to look at the best Super Bowl halftime shows that were performed in the Sunshine State!

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It wasn’t until 1987 that Super Bowl halftime shows started to bring in the big names in music entertainment. That year, they had George Burns and Mickey Rooney.

Mickey Rooney and George Burns performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 1987
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In 1991, it was obvious that halftime show producers wanted to step away from putting the spotlight on performers loved by the Boomer generation. In order to grab the attention of the young...

Gen X audience

...they invited New Kids on the Block to perform.

New Kids On The Block performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in 1991.
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In 1993, the Super Bowl had their biggest performer yet - world-renowned superstar, Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson Super Bowl Halftime Show 1993
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The next year, in 1994, the halftime show catered to a very specific audience: Country Music fans. Big names like Travis Tritt, Clint Black, The Judds, and Tanya Tucker took the halftime show stage. But that happened in Atlanta. Let’s get back to California’s biggest halftime shows!


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