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February 07, 2011  | by: Lauren Barber

The Peas, Slash, and Usher Celebrate Their Superbowl Success

For those of you who aren’t huge football fans, just remember: at the end of the day, the Superbowl is as much about the entertainment value as it is about the sport itself.  And this year, the Halftime Show was fantastically entertaining.  The Black Eyed Peas took over the stage with a vengeance.

Fergie Grinding Up on Slash

Fergie was the first woman allowed to headline the halftime extravaganza since the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004.  Please pardon the cliché when I say: Go girl power!  I’m not even going to dive into the feminist issues that go along with this decision, but I’m glad we’ve snapped out of that dark era.

The Peas came to entertain and, overall, they didn’t disappoint. I have never been too impressed with the live music of this foursome.  However, live shows are not all about the sound, especially these days. I have some serious respect for a band who can take a 10-minute set and thoroughly entertain an audience of millions. The Black Eyes Peas are famous for putting on a great show, and this time was no different.  It was as much a light show as a concert, between the stage illuminating the word “love” to backup dancers and band members illuminating themselves.

Let’s not forget about surprises. Every halftime show has to pull out some good surprises. This year, the Halftime Show threw Usher and the Black Eyes Peas on the same stage – oh yeah, and Slash. Fergie ground her way through “Sweet Child of Mine,” making things a bit awkward for some of us in the room, but hey, do your thing Fergie. That’s why we love you. Props to them for joining with a legend to remake a classic.

Usher Steaming Up the Superbowl

Besides that, you can’t really go wrong with Usher ever. Yesterday, I was in a room full of women who couldn’t care less about the Steelers or the Packers, but suddenly the ladies got really alert and vocal when Usher started pop-and-locking his way through “Oh My Gosh.”

Besides entertainment value, I have a deep respect for a band who can send out a good message to the world with their music, another thing the Peas are notorious for.  During their smash hit “Where is the Love?” they made their lyrics current by pleading with Obama to improve child education. Politicizing music in this way may annoy some, but I say: what better way to get your message out than during the halftime show of the biggest sports event of the year?

What did you think of this year’s Superbowl Halftime Show?  Leave your comments below!

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