Madonna rocks Super Bowl ‘Like a Virgin’

By Alex Fiore

It was glitz, glamour and guest appearances that defined the Bridgestone Halftime Show during Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The show was a microcosm of Madonna’s career: grandiose, fast-paced, with maybe of hint of studio magic.

Madonna was able to channel her inner Roman goddess, being carried onto the field by dozens of Centurions before performing her 1990 hit “Vogue.”

As the Roman soldiers left the field, Madonna jumped right into her 2000 single “Music.” The song was highlighted by an elaborate video screen stage and lighting rip, somehow managing to out-Tron last year’s Blake Eyed Peas performance.

During “Music,” viewers were treated to our first guest appearance, with the “DudeBros” from LMFAO taking the stage. The guys mixed in their so-popular-your-grandmother-knows-it club staple “Party Rock Anthem,” much to the chagrin/enjoyment of the Indianapolis crowd.

After an Art Garfunkel look-alike showed off his tightrope skills to the country, Madonna was joined onstage by recent collaborators Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., dressed in full cheerleader garb.

The trio performed their brand new single “Give Me All Your Luvin,'” highlighted by an ultra-fast Minaj rap.

Finally, the ladies left the stage and The Voice star Cee-Lo Green (cross-promotion!) entered first with a drumline, then with an enormous chorus.

The group performed what could arguably be considered Madonna’s biggest hit, 1989’s “Like A Prayer.” Madonna and Green traded lines and exercises in vocal pageantry before Madonna disappeared into the stage in a cloud of steam to end the performance. The message of “World Peace” was displayed on the field as the lights on the stage faded to black.

The sum it up, the show was epic. Madonna danced well (she is 53, after all) and she sounded great (remember that studio magic I talked about?)

Simone Slad, senior hospitality administration major, agreed, going so far as to voice her opinion that she could die happy.

“If the world ends in 2012, it will be OK, because Madonna rocked the Super Bowl,” she said.

Amanda Attreau, senior communicative disorders major, said she also enjoyed the show.

“It’s one of the best halftime shows I’ve seen in the past decade,” she said. “I really enjoyed the guest stars.”

To the naysayers out there who might suggest that Madonna is washed up, was lip-syncing and simply doesn’t have it anymore or never did: Just be thankful there wasn’t a “wardrobe malfunction.”