Black Eyed Peas End the Stretch of Classic Rock Super Bowl Halftimes

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CHICAGO – We all know the Super Bowl is all about predictions. Just as it’s about to happen in 2011, many handicappers have already gotten one wrong. The Super Bowl halftime show has been a classic rock lover’s scene over the last half decade. While many expected the same to continue in early 2011, the organizers have thrown us a curveball.

For the younger generation, it’s a pleasant curveball. The Black Eyed Peas have been chosen to perform at Super Bowl XLV in 2011. They will end the stretch of classic rock and music catering to older generations. It may only be a conspiracy theory, but there are those who believe it’s not a coincidence that we haven’t seen hip-hop acts since 2004.

Black Eyed Peas
The Black Eyed Peas.
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As you might recall, in 2004 we saw a halftime show with Nelly, P. Diddy, Justin Timberlake and, of course, Janet Jackson. And as you might also recall, that halftime show was dubbed as the “nipple seen around the world” as Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction caused quite the media storm.

To follow her up, the Super Bowl organizers went with more conventional and safer choices such as The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Who and Paul McCartney.

Seven years later, it’s back to hip-hop. The Black Eyed Peas are a much more modern choice than any of the bands we’ve recently seen. With several hits buzzing on the billboards, the younger generation might actually stick around for a halftime show for once.

The Black Eyed Peas have sold more than 28 million albums worldwide. They previously performed at the Super Bowl pre-game show in 2005 and also during the halftime of a Grey Cup, which is the Canadian Football League’s championship game. Super Bowl XLV will take place in Arlington, Texas at the brand-new Cowboys Stadium on Feb. 6, 2011.

By Staff

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