Beyonce is just the latest in a long line of great female music artists that have stolen the spotlight and performed at the Super Bowl halftime show. From the top divas to teen idols, each lady has left her mark on the AstroTurf arena. If anybody can top Madonna's record-breaking performance last year, it's Miss Sasha Fierce -- has Madge finally met her match?
Super Bowl XLVII - NFL.com, Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers, airs Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:30/5:30c on CBS.
2013 XLVII - Beyonce
Beyonce's response to the lip-synching scandal of the presidential inauguration was to bring the house down with a live rendition of the national anthem during a press-conference for this week's Super Bowl. Obviously she is going to bring it this Sunday in NOLA, and with a rumored Jay Z appearance and possible Destiny's Child reunion -- I don't think we're ready for this jelly.
2012 XLVI - Madonna/Nicki Minaj/M.I.A.
Flipping the bird's the word at this record-breaking halftime show, making it the most watched television show in history. Decked out as Vegas-style Roman soldiers, rap stars Nicki Minaj and M.I.A flanked Madonna, with the latter stirring up controversy by showing her middle finger during the performance. While Madonna vogued her way with backing tracks, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots (2117) in Indianapolis. Remember that toga guy on a tight-wire? Yep, that happened.
2011 XLV - Fergie/The Black Eyed Peas
In one of the flashier performances to date, the hip-hop (can we even call them that?) troupe descended from the roof, clad in Tron outfits to sing their big hits. Usher showed everyone up with a gravity-defying stage split, while Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash shredded it on stage. That year, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (3125) in Arlington, Texas.
2004 XXXVIII - Janet Jackson
Do we even remember who played that year? Or that P. Diddy, Nelly, Jessica Simpson and Kid Rock also performed and Beyonce sang the national anthem live? Nope, because Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's nipple-gate eclipsed all that and introduced the term "wardrobe malfunction" into our vocabulary forever. Janet's boob-slip led to MTV being banned from all future halftime shows, while the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers (3229) in Houston, Texas.
2003 XXXVII - Shania Twain and Gwen Stefani/No Doubt
This year's show was very gurl-powered, with Shania Twain performing her big hit, "Man I Feel like A Woman", looking like a Fredrick's of Hollywood vampire, and pre-glamour puss Gwen Stefani doing a pretty infectious duet with Sting for "Message in a Bottle." The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders (4821), winning their first ever Super Bowl in San Diego, California.
2001 XXXV - Britney Spears
At the height of Britney and boy band mania, Spears wasn't even the headliner for the show, but brought some sporty-spunk to the ensemble cast. Aerosmith played their famous genre-crossover hit, "Walk this Way," except substituted Run DMC for Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Mary J. Blige and Nelly (really, again?). The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants (347) in Tampa, Florida.
2000 XXXIV Christina Aguilera/Toni Braxton
This year's theme, "Tapestry of Nations," had a lot of Disney flair and cross-cultural handholding that seemed more in line with the Olympics than a pigskin game. The large-scale theatrics featured a baby-face Christina Aguilera singing with Enrique Iglesias and solos by Phil Collins and Toni Braxton in a very Cirque du Soleil-meets-Lion King production. The St Louis Rams defeated the Tennessee Titans (2316), capturing their first Super Bowl win in Atlanta, Georgia.
1999 XXXIII - Gloria Estefan
Miami native and Latino icon Gloria Estefan led this year's theme, "Celebration of Salsa, Soul & Swing." While she added some spice to her old hits, it was Stevie Wonder and tap dancer Savion Glover who brought the heat. The Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons (3419) in Miami, Florida.
1998 XXXII - Queen Latifah
As a tribute to Motown's 40th Anniversary, Queen Latifah was joined by Motown legends The Temptations to kick things off -- followed by a Smokey Robinson medley with Boyz II Men, Martha Reeves and Smokey himself. Latifah would later headline the show in 2010. The Denver Broncos defeated the Green Bay Packers (3124) that year in San Diego, California.
1996 XXX - Diana Ross
The very definition of diva, Diana Ross performed a medley of disco hits with a costume change for every song. She then ended the show wearing an impossibly large shiny gold cape and jumping into a helicopter and flying off into the sunset. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers (2717) in Tempe, Arizona.
1995 - XXIX - Patti LaBelle
Having Patti LaBelle dress up as a temple goddess: good. Designing an entire halftime show as a product placement to promote the Indiana Jones ride in Disneyland: bad. Lesson learned. The San Francisco 49'ers defeated the San Diego Chargers that year (4926) in Miami, Florida, becoming the first team to win five Super Bowls.
1994 XXVIII - The Judds
Before there was Carrie Underwood there were The Judds, the flame-haired mother/daughter country duo who headlined the "Rockin' Country Sunday" halftime show during the height of the early '90s Country music boom. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills (3013) in Atlanta, Georgia.