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Everyone Was Wrong About Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Show

By Julia Emmanuele, Hollywood Staff

When Bruno Mars was first announced as the headline performer for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, the reaction was decidedly mixed. Fans of the singer were excited to watch him breakthrough to a whole new level of fame, while those who weren't familiar with him or his music - or just weren't fans at all - were critical of the NFL's choice. After all, the Halftime Show is usually played by someone who has been around for decades, a rocker or pop star who will be able to appeal to the multiple generations of football fans watching in the arena and at home. So, when Mars hit the stage on Sunday night, he had a lot to prove. Not only did he need to entertain the millions of people watching, but he needed to prove all of the people who had been skeptical wrong, and so he pulled out all of the stops and a set list of his biggest, most danceable hits for his big moment.

But just how well did he do? Was his Halftime Show one for the ages, or, like the Broncos' defense, is it something that's better off forgotten? We've evaluated Mars' Halftime Show based on the criticisms he received when he was first announced as the headliner in order to determine whether or not he was able to prove his critics wrong and deliver on Sunday night.