We’re super underwhelmed that Justin Timberlake is performing at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Usually, we call the Super Bowl the concert of whatever diva is performing, but considering there’s no diva in sight (unless Janet joins), we may actually be watching the Super Bowl for the football and not the music this year.
We couldn’t help but wonder, what divas would we like to see headline instead? Here’s our a wish list of five queens who are far more deserving to be on that stage than JT, in our humble opinion.
Here are 5 divas we’d like to see on the Super Bowl Halftime Show stage:
Obviously Adele isn’t pushing any new music right now and she’s staying far from the spotlight. But she’s one of the biggest pop stars in the world, so we’re sure it’s going to happen one day. Sure, Adele’s easy-listening sensibilities may not be most perfect fit for a stage where there’s more high-flying acrobats and pyrotechnics, but we all know the Halftime Show is about bringing in viewers who aren’t typically interested in football. Few have the fame and pipes of the British diva, so from a business standpoint, she’s a perfect match. Especially if she releases that promised dance album.
Setlist: “Hello,” “Rumor Has It,” “Water Under The Bridge,” “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You”
Special Guests: Beyoncé, John Legend, Elton John
We can’t believe Rihanna hasn’t had her own halftime show. She’s dominated North American charts and airwaves for more than a decade and she’s just gotten better and bolder with every album. Her four stunning medleys at last year’s MTV VMAs — where she was honored with the Video Vanguard Award — proved beyond a doubt that she can command performances with high production value and leap effortlessly between different looks. She also rocked it at this year’s Grammys with one of the most energetic performances of the night, just proving she’s Halftime Show-ready.
Setlist: “This Is What You Came For,” “What’s My Name,” “Only Girl In The World,” “Work,” “Diamonds,” “Umbrella,” “We Found Love”
Special Guests: Drake, Jay-Z, Calvin Harris, Sia
3. Taylor Swift
OK. This pick may be controversial, we know. We’re not the biggest fans of Taylor’s latest album or her re-brand, but with so many hit songs under her belt, and lots of celeb friends in her squad, she would probably put on a kick ass show. It would especially be fun if she went through all the eras of her career, making fun of how different each one was from one another. It would also be a great opportunity for her to finally denounce Trump.
Setlist: “Look What You Made Me Do,” “You Belong to Me,” “Blank Space,” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “End Game,” “Bad Blood,” “Shake It Off”
Special Guests: Ed Sheeran, HAIM, Selena Gomez, Lorde, skinny models
4. Britney Spears
Britney Spears has basically been performing her own Super Bowl Half Time show every weekend for the past few years in Las Vegas. Since that show in Vegas just closed, and she’s about tour it across America, the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show would have been a perfect opportunity for her to show her stuff to the world. While it’s not happening, a gay boy can still dream.
Setlist: “Toxic,” “Womanizer,” “Ooops!… I Did It Again,” “… Baby One More Time,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy,” “Til The World Ends, “Stronger”
Special Guests: Madonna, will.i.am, Kesha, Nicki Minaj
5. Janet Jackson
Gays will riot Sunday evening if Justin Timberlake doesn’t invite Janet Jackson for a guest appearance during his halftime show. But while we’re begging for Janet to have a guest spot during JT’s show, what she really deserves is her own headlining gig. If Madonna can do a halftime show, then why shouldn’t Janet be given one too?
After the shaming she had to endure after “Nipplegate,” the NFL’s invitation for Jackson to return to the scene of the crime would speak volumes. Especially over the noise that has been created with the sports organization’s inability to deal with the protests of their players on the field, inviting Jackson back would be a step in the right direction.
Set List: “Rhythym Nation,” “If,” “Control,” “Nasty, “Together Again,” “Escapade,” “All For You”
Special Guests: Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj