Coldplay was the best part of Super Bowl 50

coldplayDid Coldplay lose any credence by sharing the stage with Bruno Mars and pop queen Beyonce? Heck no. Not only did Coldplay steal the show — an impressive feat when competing against Queen Bey — but the British rock band also managed to pay tribute to past rockers and wrap things up with a political statement (because we all know the most prolific rock bands make political statements, just see U2 for a prime example).

Starting the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show off with elaborate performances of “Viva La Vida,” “Paradise,” and “Adventure of a Lifetime,” Coldplay then turned the spotlight over to Beyonce and Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk” and an intense pop star dance-off. Coldplay then performed “Clocks,” with frontman Chris Martin slipping in fragments of U2’s “Beautiful Day” and Prince’s “Purple Rain” during a video montage of past Super Bowl performers, featuring Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, U2, Paul McCartney, and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few.

The show, drenched in rainbow colors, concluded with the words “Believe in Love” spread over half the stadium, signaling Beyonce’s, Bruno Mars’, and Coldplay’s support for same-sex marriage.

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It’s easy to see Coldplay dominated the show, enough to prove that rock isn’t dead and it’s still more popular than mainstream pop.

Photo credit: By Wonker Wonker from London, United Kingdom (Coldplay) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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