5 The Black Eyed Peas
There’s sure to be heat for this one, because some “Black Eyed Peas” fans aren’t in agreement on the sheer awfulness of 2011’s halftime show during Super Bowl XLV. Space-age costumes and seizure-inducing lighting effects almost overshadowed the whole debacle, but not quite. If the off-key, stilted singing and dancing wasn’t bad enough, someone unearthed “Guns ‘n Roses” guitarist, Slash, so that he could play along as Fergie slaughtered “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”
4 New Kids on the Block and Disney
Super Bowl XXV’s halftime show might have broken some kind of record in its utter weirdness and horror. To be fair, you can’t blame this entirely on the New Kids on the Block, who were at massive fame level in 1991. They came out strong and then Disney shot in there to make us all feel icky by having costumed, dancing kids bopping around to the lyrics of “Step by Step.” It was when NKOTB switched to “This One’s for the Children” that the audio torture began. Then, for reasons known only to Disney, they crammed a poorly sung “It’s a Small World” in the mix. The good news is that this halftime show didn’t air during the game because it was pre-empted by coverage of Desert Storm. Those who witnessed it either were at the game or tuned into the Disney Channel.
In 2012, Madonna performed a little medley during the halftime show of Super Bowl XLVI, and although it’s really hard to believe, she kind of bombed. She came out looking like the queen of pop everyone knows and loves, complete with crown and throne, but there was nothing royal about the show. Her vocals were weak and the show she put on was uncharacteristically boring.
2 Jim Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman
In 1997, Super Bowl XXXI’s halftime show kicked off with these three stars performing as “The Blues Brothers.” While the trio brought an enormous amount of energy to the stage, and looked like they enjoyed themselves immensely, that joy didn’t flow to the audience. Jim Belushi and his pals make an excellent comedy team, but singers they are not.
1 Kid Rock and P Diddy
Super Bowl XXXVIII’s halftime show in 2004 was possibly the most memorable halftime show ever, due to the surprise appearance by Janet Jackson’s breast. However, Jackson and Justin Timberlake actually put on a solid performance before her wardrobe malfunction. The terrible part was mid-way through the show, when P Diddy and Kid Rock came on stage to sing, or whatever it is you want to call what they did there. Whatever it was that P Diddy was doing with his “P Diddy you’re so fine” singers, you can be sure he wasn’t helping improve the music. Viewers got a reprieve when Nelly came on, but then Kid Rock emerged and yelled at everyone. Tragically, the weak performances by these two aren’t what fans remember, thanks to Janet Jackson’s mammary-flub.