Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars celebrated 50 years of Super Bowl halftime shows — and Beyoncé’s new single “Formation” — during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday.
The trio of performers collaborated on a number of songs throughout the show, with headliner Coldplay kicking things off. Martin started the performance by crouching on the field as men and women, dressed in dark clothing, ran toward the stage. His band then ripped through “Viva La Vida” and “Paradise,” before playing their new single “Adventure of a Lifetime.” (Coldplay was joined members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles during the performance.)
“Wherever you are, we’re in this together,” Martin said during “Viva La Vida.”
Bruno Mars came next, playing a brief rendition of “Uptown Funk” before giving way to Beyoncé. The 34-year-old icon played “Formation,” her new single, then joined Mars for a duet of “Uptown Funk.” (Martin joined later as well.)
A mashup of “Clocks” and “Fix You,” came next, along with highlights from Super Bowl halftime performances past, including Michel Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, James Brown. The performance ended with a group sing-along of Coldplay’s “Up&Up,” as fans in the stadium held up signs that combined read “Believe In Love.”
“I think the buzzword will be involvement,” the show’s director Hamish Hamilton told EW before the show. Supervising producer Rob Paine agreed and said, “All 70,000 people who will be there will hopefully be participating in the show.”