Michael Jackson captivated audiences in a career that spanned over four decades and remains a towering influence on artists today even almost ten years after his unfortunate and sudden passing.
Described as one of the best Super Bowl halftime performances ever, the King of Pop, on January 31, 1993, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, made history as the first musician to perform solo at the halftime show.
His legendary performance also increased the ratings of the event at a time when viewership was taking a nosedive. Thanks to him also, the halftime show became one of the highlights of the Super Bowl and the NFL also prioritized booking superstar acts to perform.
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Fast forward, 2019, the NFL has not been in the good books of some people due to their treatment of Colin Kaepernick and this greatly affected the Super Bowl 53 showdown between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams on February 3.
With Kaepernick still undeservedly out of job since 2016 after he started kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against blacks and other racial injustices, scores of people, on the day of one of the biggest sporting events in America, took to social media to announce they were boycotting it to protest the ill-treatment of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. Others also used the day to reaffirm their support for him.
People also had reservations about the halftime performance which featured Maroon 5 as headliners with support from Travis Scott and Big Boi.
With that being said, take a look at Michael Jackson’s full performance at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show 26 years ago: