A wish list for coldplay and beyonce’s super bowl halftime show

With Coldplay leading the charge for the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show on Sunday, February 7, with some clutch cameo action from none other than successful SB alums Beyoncé(!!) and possibly Bruno Mars as well, expectations are at pretty peak levels right about now.

For starters, many in the Bey Hive have been buzzing about the possibility that Bey will pull another Baby-Carter-in-the-oven mic drop the way she did on the VMA stage in 2011. And while that would be ah-mazing, there are lots of other ways this crew could slay the day.

Apple and Blue debut as a mini-diva duo.

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We already know Apple’s got some serious strummin’ skills, and since she and Blue made splashy vignettes on Coldplay’s latest album, A Head Full of Dreams, this would be the perfect opportunity for the girls to go ahead and usher in the next generation of audience own-age. Perhaps they could join in with the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, who are expected to play a bit too?

Bruno Mars’s ’Gorilla’ makes for a meme-able monkey moment.

BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 17: The band Coldplay with it's singer Chris Martin attend the TV show 'The Voice Of Germany - Finals' on December 17, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
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The video for Coldplay’s first Dreams single, “Adventure of a Lifetime,” unleashed the beasts within the bandmates — as in, Chris Martin and company actually became crazy CGI apes and rocked out in the jungle for the vid. (And that was after they’d already partaken in a little primate stage play at the AMAs.)

Since one of Bruno Mars’s many hits is called “Gorilla,” there’s crossover connection potential galore built right in here.

Jay Z and Rihanna join in on the fun.


With ANTI fresh on our pop culture plate, this would be the perfect moment for RiRi (and Drake?!) to “Work.” Plus, Chris Martin and Jay have been friends for ages and like to play football together in their spare time, so it just makes sense that their shared sports interest would bring them together.

Coldplay commemorate their “Yellow” beginnings.

Coldplay Yellow

“Yellow” was their first smash hit in the U.S. and, 15 years later, fans still know every note to by heart, so it’s basically a must. And not only do the lyrics totally work for the venue — Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium is open so you can “look at the stars, look how they shine for you” — but you can also douse the whole place with yellow lights/balloons/confetti/everything and still not be playing favorites with the teams (the Carolina Panthers’s colors are light blue and black while the Denver Broncos use dark blue and deep orange). Win.

Beyoncé drops another album.

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It’s been more than two years now since Beyoncé came into our lives, so we’re definitely due for some new tunes from Sasha Fierce. And what better opportunity could there be than laying claim to the 100 million-plus viewers that’ll be tuned in?

Bey gets Chris and Bruno to do the ’Single Ladies’ dance.

Beyonce Single Ladies Dance

The halftime performers stage a big stare-down to close it out.

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