Super Bowl 2016 Music With Coldplay, Lady Gaga and More

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Chris Martin of Coldplay

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Chris Martin at Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

Chris Martin, lead vocalist of Coldplay, was as the center of the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. While he did perform with his band, he also appeared as an emcee for a show that went far beyond simply the music of Coldplay. His moments presiding over clips from past Super Bowl halftime triumphs and singing the words "Tears stream down your face when you lose something you can't replace" from "Fix You" with brief footage of late performers James Brown, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson were particular moving.

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Lady Gaga Singing the National Anthem

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Lady Gaga Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images

Lady Gaga kicked off the Super Bowl 50 festivities delivering a well-received gospel-influenced performances of "The Star Spangled Banner." This year Lady Gaga becomes the only person to perform live at the Super Bowl, Grammy Awards, and Oscars in the same year. It has been a big year already for the star. She won a Golden Globe award for acting in American Horror Story, and her song "Til It Happens To You" has earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media.  

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Coldplay "Paradise"

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Coldplay Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images

The group Coldplay were selected to perform the halftime show for Super Bowl 50. They are arguably today's most successful rock band worldwide. Since 2002 all six of their studio albums have been top 5 hits, four of them went all the way to #1. They are credited with album sales exceeding 18 million in the US and seven of the singles have reached the pop top 20 in the US. Their #1 hit "Viva La Vida" followed by the top 15 smash "Paradise" kicked off the halftime show.

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Bruno Mars "Uptown Funk!"

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Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / Getty Images

In 2014 Bruno Mars delivered one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime shows. In 2016 Coldplay brought him back to perform "Uptown Funk!," his massive worldwide hit collaboration with Mark Ronson. His performance did not disappoint viewers. Bruno Mars is one of the most dynamic stage performers of contemporary pop music stars.

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Mark Ronson "Uptown Funk!"

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Mark Ronson at Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

Producer and musician Mark Ronson is the official lead artist on the hit "Uptown Funk!" While Bruno Mars was the clear visual focus during the song, Mark Ronson also appeared on stage as a scratch mixing DJ. He is also appreciated as the primary producer working with Amy Winehouse on her now legendary recordings.

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Beyonce and Her Dancers "Formation"

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Beyonce and Dancers Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images

The day before the Super Bowl Beyonce released a surprise single titled "Formation." The song addresses issues of police brutality and racism. Beyonce brought it to the Super Bowl stage as a featured performer with Coldplay. Performing with her team of dancers was one of the top moments of the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show and reminded all how powerfully compelling Beyonce is on stage.

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Beyonce and Bruno Mars

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Beyonce and Bruno Mars Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Both Beyonce and Bruno Mars have previously headlined their own Super Bowl halftime shows. For 2016 they appeared in supporting roles, but it was an electric moment when the pair came together on the stage in good-natured competition. Both were decked out in black leather with gold trimmings. 

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Beyonce, Chris Martin, and Bruno Mars

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Beyonce, Chris Martin, and Bruno Mars Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

The appearance of Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Bruno Mars together on the Super Bowl stage was a powerful moment of three of the world's most talented musicians coming together. The trio closed the show singing "Up & Up," the final song from Coldplay's current album A Head Full of Dreams

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Stadium Shot - Believe In Love

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Stadium Shot - Believe In Love - Super Bowl 2016. Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images

Every Super Bowl halftime show requires a participatory element from the audience in the host stadium. Coldplay's show did not buck tradition. Accompanied by the bright kaleidoscope of colors that filled the show overall, the final message "Believe In Love" was spelled out dramatically in the stadium. It was a fitting closing to a powerful and uplifting Super Bowl halftime.