6 Super Bowl Halftime Show Performances That Went Wrong

Justin Timberlake is set to take a theatre during a Super Bowl LII halftime uncover on Sunday, 13 years after the infamous “Nipplegate” controversy. He promises that his upcoming performance will be zero like that, though he’s not a usually chairman who has been a partial of a halftime uncover that has left horribly wrong.

Below, some Super Bowl halftime blunders from years past:

6. Rogue “Left Shark” distracts from Katy Perry’s performance, 2015

Katy Perry’s adorned and meticulously choreographed medley, that featured her opening to a track on a behind of an animatronic tiger and 4 opposite outfit changes, was overshadowed by a backup dancer in a 7-foot shark dress executing some weird dance moves. Bryan Gaw, a male behind a “Left Shark” meme, recently certified to NPR that going brute was always a partial of his plan, job it “freestyle choreography.” His diverting motions cemented Left Shark as a renouned meme and Halloween dress for years to come.

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with guitars unplugged, 2014

When a Red Hot Chili Peppers assimilated Bruno Mars onstage during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, observant fans beheld that a band’s guitars were unplugged a whole time. Days after a incident, bassist Flea confirmed that a entirety of their low-pitched performance, aside from a vocals, was pre-recorded during a NFL’s request. “There were a zillion things that could go wrong and hurt a sound for a folks examination in a track and a TV viewers,” Flea wrote on a band’s website. “There was not any room for evidence on this.”

4. Prince’s argumentative guitar solo, 2007

Though Prince’s Super Bowl opening is positively one of the greatest of all time, a few critics indicted a thespian of entertainment a wanton moment. As Prince pacifist into an considerable guitar solo in pouring rain, he leaned behind — and the conformation expel by his figure and his symbol-shaped guitar seemed phallic to some. NFL orator Greg Aiello said in a statement the joining perceived no complaints for a incident, observant it takes “quite a jump of a imagination to make a debate of his performance.”

3. M.I.A. avoids censorship by flipping off a camera, 2012

A brief peep of a center finger became a many noted partial of Madonna’s impracticable halftime opening when M.I.A. flipped off a camera faster than censors could fuzz out her gesture. The NFL filed a $1.5 million explain opposite a rapper, claiming in a statement her action was in “flagrant negligence for a values that form a cornerstone of a NFL code and a Super Bowl.” They argued that she pennyless a agreement as a broadside attempt and upped a excellent to $16.6 million. M.I.A. fired behind with an expletive-laden video and staid a lawsuit out of court.

2. Kid Rock defaces a U.S. flag, 2004

In an attempted arrangement of patriotism, Kid Rock cut a hole in an American dwindle and wore it like a poncho during his performance, afterwards threw it into a crowd. The act was deliberate dwindle discolouration and led the Veterans of Foreign Wars to record a lawsuit opposite CBS. Luckily for Kid Rock, another debate overshadowed even this one during a same halftime show…

1. Nipplegate?, 2004

?In a final moments of a pair’s “Rock Your Body” duet, Justin Timberlake ripped off partial of Janet Jackson’s top, divulgence a starbust-shaped nipple defense and creating a many argumentative gaffe in Super Bowl history. Jackson released mixed statements, denying that it was a broadside attempt and apologizing profusely, while Timberlake told Access Hollywood, “Hey, man, we adore giving we all something to speak about,” Since then, Jackson’s career has tanked, and Timberlake is set to make his record third halftime coming on Sunday, Feb. 4. (Timberlake was also partial of a 2001 halftime uncover as partial of *NSYNC.)

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