Bruno Mars is hoping to ‘uplift the people’ this Sunday when he performs at the coveted Superbowl halftime slot. The ‘Greande’ singer is currently preparing for his set and of course making sure his trademark hairdo is in tact, telling a press conference, "I got three gallons of hairspray in this thing, so I'm good!"

Bruno Mars onstage at Radio 1's Big WeekendBruno Mars onstage at Radio 1's Big Weekend

The singer, who just picked up a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal album, will be joined onstage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Mars saying. "The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers - I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career."

While the idea of Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers sounds pretty spectacular you never can tell how a Superbowl halftime show is going to go down. Whilst it's fair to say that the performances are always memorable, sometimes its not really for the right reasons. To help Bruno prepare here's a look back at arguably five of the best and worst Superbowl half time shows in recent years.

Beyonce and Destiny's Child Superbowl XLVII  (2013)

Mars has a lot to live up to after last year’s show stopping performance from Queen Bey. All her biggest hits were accounted for and there was even a long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion! Beyonce brought the house down with a mixture of pyrotechnics, leather outfits and plenty of high energy dancing.

Black Eyed Peas Superbowl XLV (2011)

However filling your set with hits isn't enough to ensure a great Superbowl performance as demonstrated by the Black Eyed Peas. The space age costumes weren't enough to hide the messy vocals and even the appearance of Slash didn't save this one from going down in history as one of the worst halftime shows in recent memory.

Prince Superbowl XLI  (2007)

Prince is one artist who can always be relied on to give his all for a big TV performance, and at Superbowl XLI he didn't disappoint. Opening with the classic 'Let’s Go Crazy' he would go on to cover 'Proud Mary,' 'All Along the Watchtower' and even the Foo Fighters’ 'Best of You', eventually bringing the house down with 'Purple Rain', of course.

Aerosmith, Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Nelly and Mary J. Blige Superbowl XXXV (2001)

Getting a classic rock band to duet with a boy band and some of their friends could be a recipe for disaster, and it was. There was just a bit too much going on all at once as Aersomeith and N’Sync did a back and forth melody of their hits ending with all of the performers singing Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'.


U2 Superbowl XXXVI (2002)

The Irish rockers took on a difficult challenge delivering the first half time performance post 9/11. However Bono and co. rose to the occasion, delivering a powerful and uplifting set featuring hits such as ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name'.