It’s official, pop fanatics – Madonna has been confirmed for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show on February 5. Dancing around the idea for months, the NFL confirmed that she’ll be making her Halftime Show debut with direction by longtime partner Jamie King (Cirque du Soleil, Britney SpearsCircus & Femme Fatale tours, Rihanna‘s LOUD tour). With the recent confirmation of her upcoming collaboration with Nicki Minaj and MIA, we’re guessing she’ll be performing a medley of her hits, followed by a first-time performance of her upcoming track: “Give Me All Your Love.” I know I’m praying they’ll be making appearances, as I’m missing me some MIA.

Madonna will be following in the footsteps of last year’s Black Eyed Peas performance (you know, where Fergie sounded really on point!), on top of performances by Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, U2, Paul McCartney and Prince.

Not much of a big football fan myself (I was never taught how to play, anybody game?), I only ever tune in to watch my favorite pop sensations take the stage and pray that they deliver the goods. Sure, there’s a stereotype that gays don’t really enjoy watching sports, but I will slam that down right here and now. I love me some baseball and I love staying active, but watching a game on the tube has NO appeal to me; unless it’s a game of cat and mouse a la Revenge, I just lose interest. I wonder if any of Madonna’s super-fans know not to throw hydrangeas her way while she’s on stage. If I were going, I know what I’d be bringing…

Here are a couple of my favorite past performers that truly gave me a surge of energy during evenings filled with jam-packed bars, the stench of potato skins and endless commercial breaks:

Aerosmith & N’SYNC ft. Britney Spears

In 2001, Aerosmith and N’SYNC co-headlined a Halftime show to remember. A spectacle that ignited the pop-sphere stans around the globe, the which included spectacular fireworks and constant strobe lights. The finale was a collaborative effort to Aerosmith’s classic “Walk This Way,” which featured Britney Spears in all her sock-armed glory. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t ruin numerous pairs of tube-socks to recreate this look.

Janet Jackson & Justin Timberlake ft. Janet’s Bubbies

Did you know that Jessica Simpson, P.Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly (Who? Exactly) performed at the 2004 Superbowl Halftime Show? I don’t remember either. Upstaging everyone that year, Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson‘s Super Bowl XXXVIII will always be remembered for her “wardrobe malfunction.” Thanks to them, “Nipplegate” is a term used in Urban Dictionary. Anybody want to invest in booby tassels to commemorate this fine moment in American history with me? Anyone…anyone?

Britney Spears (NFL 2003 Kickoff)

I know, I know – it’s NOT a halftime show, but wasn’t it fab? Performing at the National Mall during the 2003 NFL Kickoff Live concert in Washington, D.C., Britney donned a shorter wig (before she brought it back for the ‘Blackout’ era) and did her signature strip down routine to a mash-up of her hits “Me Against The Music” (first time performance and without Madonna) ,”…Baby One More Time,” and “Slave 4 U.”

Michael Jackson

Although I’m not a huge Michael Jackson fan, his 1993 Halftime Show was the ONE to beat. Moonwalking for his life, pyrotechnics and smoke bursting through the stage, he delivered an electrifying medley of hits: “Jam,” “Billie Jean” and “Black or White.”

Prince

In 2007 we got served a performance by the purple prince himself, Prince. Having a stage shaped in his iconic symbol, the 80′s legend hurdled straight into controversy regarding his very suggestive use of his guitar. I don’t blame him, work with what you got – am I right? Performing everything from “Let’s Go Crazy,” to covering “Along The Watchtower,” “Proud Mary” and the Foo Fighters’ “Best Of You,” he finished off with “Purple Rain.” Much to my dismay, he did not don Britney’s sheer-rubber, rain hat from her Dream Within A Dream tour. Yes, it’s her third mention and no I’m not apologizing for it.

U2

A performance that brought many to tears, U2 delivered an incredibly moving tribute to the survivors and victims of 9/11. Performing “Beautiful Day,” followed by “MLK” and a powerful rendition of “Where the Streets Have No Name,” the crowd erupted with more emotion than a halftime show had seen in years. I’d be lying if I said I still don’t tear up to this. This makes you forgive and forget their involvement in Broadway’s disastrous Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark.

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