The halftime show for Super Bowl XLVIII will feature performances by Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Super Bowl Halftime Show

Although halftime begins as soon as the stage is set up following the conclusion of the first half of play and can’t be pinpointed, past NFL championship games indicate that Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will kick off their performances around 8 p.m. Sunday night. The musicians will have roughly 14 minutes to perform in New Jersey’s East Rutherford stadium during the 30-minute halftime.

Mars, to some, was a surprising choice for a Super Bowl halftime performer. Unlike previous acts, the Hawaiian-born Mars isn’t an established star in the music industry – though his star is undeniably rising. The likes of Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson, Paul McCartney all had a deep well of classics to pull from, while Mars only has two albums worth of material – Doo-Wops & Hooligans and Unorthodox Jukebox.

“No matter where I perform, it’s my job to uplift the people,” a matter-of-fact Mars told The New York Times. “So whether I’m performing at a graduation party, a wedding, a bar mitzvah, the Grammys, the Super Bowl, I’m going to give it all I got. Whatever happens, happens. I ain’t scared, if that’s what you think.”

Mars recruited rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers to accompany him onstage during the Super Bowl halftime show. With Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, and drummer Chad Smith, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ last album, I’m with You came out in 2011. The band’s heyday was in the 90s with albums Blood Sugar Sex Magik, One Hot Minute and Californication.

Super Bowl XLVIII, with the Denver Broncos facing off against the Seattle Seahawks, will kickoff at 6: 25 p.m. EST.

– Chelsea Regan

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