(NEW YORK) — The Super Bowl may be taking place in New Jersey this February, but it looks like the guy who’ll be headlining the halftime show won’t be from the Garden State: he’ll be from Hawaii.
Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that Bruno Mars has been tapped to perform during Super Bowl XLVIII. While an NFL spokesperson wouldn’t comment, a spokesperson joked that both Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus had been ruled out.
As for why Bruno got the nod, local hero Bruce Springsteen has already performed at the Super Bowl, while fellow Jersey rockers Bon Jovi are in a state of flux since the departure of guitarist Richie Sambora. In addition, Bruno has proved that he’s an incredible live performer, thrilling audiences at the Grammy Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards and his current Moonshine Jungle tour. There isn’t likely to be speculation as to whether or not he’ll be singing live.
In addition, Bruno’s got the hits to fill out the performance slot. Even though he’s only been topping the charts for about three years, he’s got a long string of smashes under his belt, from “Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade,” to “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man.”
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Lisa Respers France, CNN Newswire
Frank Pallotta, CNN Newswire