Appearance shows a healing after “Nipplegate.”
The Super Bowl’s halftime show will get a little bit R&B, a little bit rock ‘n roll this year when Usher and guitarist Slash take the stage.
The two are scheduled to join the main halftime act, the Black Eyed Peas, and perform for Sunday’s championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers at Cowboys Stadium.
The appearances are not totally out of the blue, as Slash has performed the Guns 'N Roses song "Sweet Child o' Mine" on tour with the Black Eyed Peas. He also collaborated with Black Eyed Peas member Fergie on the song "Beautiful Dangerous" last year. Furthermore, Peas frontman Will.i.am produced, wrote and performs on Usher's hit single "O.M.G."
The fact that the halftime show is featuring contemporary R&B and hip-hop artists holds particular significance because, following the infamous "Nipplegate" performance of Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake in 2004, the famed showcase has played it safe the last few years by booking classic rock acts. Now, let’s just hope Fergie (or Usher) doesn't have any suspiciously timed wardrobe malfunctions.
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