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2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Madonna Showcases Old Age, Irrelevance

Madonna, through no fault of her own, was forced into a corner for the Super Bowl 46 Halftime Show -- she had to follow up a magnificent 96 yard touchdown drive orchestrated by Tom Brady, as the Patriots took a 10-9 lead into halftime.

Madonna's show opened up with Roman gladiators slowly making their way across the field to the stage, before Madonna herself revealed herself on a throne before the lip syncing commenced for her hit song Vogue. As expected, there were plenty of background dancers which added little to nothing to the performance.

Vogue, at least, showcased a futuristic stage which showed various images throughout Madonna's illustrious career.

The lackluster opener segued into Music, which again illustrated Madonna's lip syncing. The backup dancers, meanwhile, prove to be more agile than Madonna -- as one would expect. If anything, Madonna was upstaged by her backup dancers during the second song of her set, something that could perhaps humble the music icon.

Music then segued into LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It, for all of a quarter of a minute, before Madonna's new song, Give Me All Your Luvin', was showcased. Nicki Minaj's appearance during the halftime show, just like her appearance on Madonna's track, seemed horrendously out of place -- just like M.I.A.'s appearance.

Give Me All Your Luvin' segued into Express Yourself, with a guest appearance from Cee Lo Green, before moving into Like A Prayer, which showcased the best part of the halftime show, as the backup singers and dancers quickly turned into a gospel choir, as Madonna, Cee Lo and the choir finished up the show with her 1989 single.

The only thing Madonna proved during the Super Bowl 46 show is her irrelevance; the halftime show was so obviously lip synced that it was painful. Madonna, though, did lip sync perfectly in time, which is much easier said than done. At least Madonna saved the best for last, and proved to be more entertaining than the Black Eyed Peas, though, that's not saying much.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.