Coldplay’s game plan at the Super Bowl halftime show was to distract from themselves as much as possible and welp, they succeeded.
The halftime show headliners allowed Beyonce and Bruno Mars (but mainly Beyonce) to steal their rainbow-colored show, which was complete with a montage paying tribute to some of the most memorable halftime shows in Super Bowl history. Coldplay’s featured guests and special effects made for an awe-inspiring and heartwarming performance—”believe in love,” anyone?—but it’s the montage bit that some are taking issue with.
Though Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and Prince were all featured in the montage, people were quick to note that Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were not. La Toya Jackson was one of these people.
The last time the Panthers were in the Super Bowl was when Janet performed. That was 12 years ago (Super Bowl XXXVIII), but apparently, halftime show organizers still aren’t over the nip slip incident. Truly unfortunate, considering Janet’s was one of the most memorable halftime shows ever.
Also missing from last night’s montage was Madonna. Perhaps Pepsi will reconcile by giving both of these queens their own shows in the future.