11He may not have the figure of Beyoncé or the buzz of Madonna. But this year’s half time star BRUNO MARS brought dynamism and an old-fashioned sense of showmanship to his Super Bowl blow-out.

Opening with his smash “Locked Out of Heaven,” the pompadour’d star whipped through a tight and brisk run of four hits. His sole guest stars — The Red Hot Chili Peppers — seamlessly slipped their percussive song “Give It Away” into the headliner’s “Runaway Baby.”

Mars’ wardrobe echoed the past. His gold glitter suit could have been worn by Elvis, with its skinny labels borrowed from later ’60s Mods. By outfitting the whole band with similarly spangled suits, and putting them through similar dance steps, he referenced acts from The Temptations to the Four Tops.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11