Most iconic Super Bowl moments of all time
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Millions of people across the globe tuned in this evening (11 February) to catch the eagerly-anticipated Super Bowl and all the incredible sporting feats, musical performances and celebrity goss that came with it.
While this evening has provided us with a whole load of that already, let's do a little rewind to the Super Bowl's of the past and the top five most iconic moments of all time that unfurled during the high-profile event.
So, without further ado, let's get right into it.
Rihanna announcing her pregnancy during performance
While many viewers were beyond buzzing to see Usher take to the stage to perform during the halftime show, fans all over were sent into a total frenzy back in 2023, when Rihanna unveiled her pregnancy accidentally during her performance.
The 'Work' singer took to the stage and provided everyone with a long-awaited 13 whole minutes covering over a decade and a half of her iconic discography.
With fans eager to see just what Rihanna would wear to the occasion, it's clear that many were not expecting a key part of the singer's ensemble.
Opening up about the reveal, the now mum-of-two told Access Hollywood the reveal was actually not intended: "Here’s the thing. I did what I had to do, right? My jumper couldn’t zip up.
"No one knew I was pregnant. I just told my stylist, 'Make sure it’s stretchy'."
She added: "So the undergarment was stretchy and this was baggy, but you know, the zip. It just stopped right there. So it had to be what it had to be."
Beyoncé bringing out Destiny’s Child on stage
Going back a little further to 2013, another memorable Super Bowl moment for the ages saw the living legend that is Beyoncé bring out her two former band members - reuniting the trio for the first time in years.
The 'Drunk in Love' chart-topper surprised audiences everywhere when Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams rocked up to accompany her.
"It's one of those magical performances you can't recreate," Beyoncé told CBS. "I wanted it to be something iconic and something that people would never forget."
She added: "I couldn't do this without bringing Kelly and Michelle. Some of the biggest songs of my career have been with Destiny's Child. It's a part of my legacy, it's a part of my history."
That it was.
The Weeknd's going viral with the 'looking around' meme
I'm sure we're all familiar with this meme which first went viral following the 2021 Super Bowl.
In case you need your memory jogging, the performance featured all The Weeknd's biggest hits, an incredible set, and some crazy talented dancers but it seems there was one element of the show that people couldn't stop banging on about.
Yes, you guessed it.
Arguably one of the most memorable moments from the entire event was the 'Starboy' singer frantically walking around with a look of distress plastered across his face while a load of flashing lights only added to the hilarious chaos of it all.
It didn't take long for the short clip to soon go viral on social media with captions including; 'six-year-old me looking for my mum in Walmart', 'every anxiety dream I’ve had' and - my personal favourite - 'me stumbling to my iced coffee in the morning'.
Coldplay bringing out Beyoncé
Back in 2016, Chris Martin stunned viewers when he brought out Queen Bey on stage during the 50th Super Bowl - who didn't just steal the show with her still-talked about to this day performance of 'Formation' but she made it into a poignant political act.
The sequence saw the pop icon march onto the football field donning a full leather outfit complete with military-style details alongside a whole posse of perfectly choreographed female dancers in a powerful statement celebrating her 'roots and culture' during Black History Month.
In an interview with ELLE magazine, Beyoncé explained: "I mean, I'm an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe.
"But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I'm proud of what we created and I'm proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way."
In short, the whole thing was pretty breathtaking.
Michael Jackson's halftime show opening
And, last but but by no means least, is Michael Jackson's unforgettable halftime show opening where he simply stood at the stage for a full two minutes before commencing his set.
Dubbed by one X user as ' the biggest power move of all time', it's clear the 1993 performance has stood the test of time with people still talking about it over three decades later.
Now, while we can't include every single iconic moment from the Super Bowl, given the very first Super Bowl, and therefore first halftime show, was way back when in 1967, we can include some honourable mentions including Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake’s 'wardrobe malfunction' in 2004, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez' powerhouse performance in 2020 and Prince giving the performance of a lifetime even when it began to rain while he sand 'Purple Rain' in 2007.