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Coldplay headlined the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Sunday in San Francisco, bringing out some of their biggest hits while performing on a stage filled with flowers and psychedelic colors and a stadium of screaming fans. The British band opened with “Viva La Vida,” with Chris Martin down in a crowd of wild, photo-snapping fans who wiped his face with a rainbow hankerchief. After that Coldplay played “Paradise” and “Adventure of a Lifetime” while a marching band trotted out, and then dancers hit the field holding flowers (dressed like the flower stems themselves). The stage then to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, the group hit the stage dressed in old school hip-hop finery for a snappy run-through of “Uptown Funk!” Beyonce Joins Bruno Mars & Chris Martin for ‘Uptown Funk!’ During Super Bowl 50
Then, Beyonce. The Queen performed her new song “Formation” dressed in a killer militant get-up (with strong Michael Jackson vibes) and took the stage for a dance/sing-off with Bruno Mars. After that, Coldplay took back the stage and performed “Clocks” while a video montage showed the many A-list performer who have performed halftime shows in years previous — Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, James Brown, etc. During the footage, Chris Martin even sang bits of past performers’ song, including Prince’s “Purple Rain” and U2’s “Beautiful Day.”
After Coldplay wrapped with “Up & Up,” the colorful words “believe in love” exploded over the Super Bowl 50 crowd. Then cutting to Beyonce’s surprise stadium tour announcement for FORMATION TOUR 2016!