Bruno Mars is this year’s Super Bowl halftime star!

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Not only does Bruno Mars sing, he also plays the keyboard, drums, guitar, bass, and harmonica. Wow! A rare, legitimate musician in this day and age of digital button-pushers and vocalists.

You won’t need a space or football helmet to participate in this performance! Bruno Mars, the Grammy-winning pop singer, will be the performer for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Mars appeared live on Fox NFL Sunday for the announcement, minutes before Sunday’s first  kickoff of the regular season.

The Super Bowl may be five months away, but Fox Sports is already getting pumped up to advertise the television’s most-watched musical event of the year! They’re urging fans to stick around during the game season in order to see what surprises Bruno Mars has in store for the show. Now, the NFL isn’t lying when they say America loves their football with a side of music! Last year, more than 110.5 million viewers in the US put down the hot wings to watch Beyoncé and the girlies of Destiny’s Child reunite to sing some of their best hits.

Other notable performances for the program include Madonna in 2012, The Black Eyed Peas in 2011, and Michael Jackson in 1993. In fact, Michael Jackson is credited with launching the tradition of huge, spectacular halftime shows after his Super Bowl performance, while Madonna currently sits on the throne as the queen of the Superbowl with more than 111.3 million viewers. Okay, but get this! Madonna’s halftime show actually had more viewers than the game itself!

Mars, whose name is actually Peter Gene Hernandez, was just 4 when he began performing in his family’s show as an Elvis impersonator. He moved to Los Angeles as a young adult to write and produce for other artists, but eventually enticed the music industry and audiences with his sappy-love songs “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade.”

So, will Mars be able to pull off some out of this world viewer numbers?! Honestly, the sheer quantity probably won’t rival Beyoncé and Madonna, but if you haven’t jammed out to Mars before, then maybe his 14 Grammy nominations and 115 million singles sold will convince you to watch this year’s show! The next Super Bowl will be held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014.

Images courtesy of Brothers Le on Flickr.