NEW YORK – Filipino-American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars has 12 minutes to show the world he has what it takes to perform in front of the biggest audience he’s ever played to on Super Bowl Sunday.
With only four years into his career, the chart-topping Grammy-winning Pinoy was an unexpected choice for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, according to critics.
"I'm just like honored, you know, because some grace has been on that stage. I’m just excited that we’re getting this shot," he said.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show has always been a big spectacle. The National Football League of America has always chosen time-tested headliners such as Madonna, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas, Prince, among other iconic performers.
That 12 minute performance can either make or break a star.
"No matter where I perform, my job is to uplift the people," Mars said. "So whether I’m performing at a graduation or a wedding or a Bar Mitzvah, Grammy’s, the Super Bowl, I’m going to give it all I got. Whatever happens, happens. I ain’t scared, if that’s what you think."
When asked about details of his much awaited performance, the Filipino-Puerto Rican mixed artist is not giving away anything to the press at a media conference at the Lincoln Jazz Center in Manhattan.
He added: “I just want the world to watch. It’s only a couple of days away. They can hold tight.”
Mars said he has some concerns with New Jersey’s chilly winter weather come Sunday.
“We just started rehearsing two nights ago, and you never really know what you’re going to expect," he said. "Just like the microphone, it turns into a popsicle and all these things that you don’t really think about going into it, but I’m grabbing the mic and it’s frozen, and get some heaters on everything.”
Mars said the collaboration with Red Hot Chili Peppers was his choice with the blessings of the NFL organizers to raise the stakes of the show.
Mars said, "It’s an honor sharing the stage with them, and they’re one of my personal favorite bands of all time."
"NFL is such a prestigious stage that they give the new guy a shot, and I’m so grateful for that," he said. "No I haven’t been able to take it in, not yet, but come Sunday, I will. I’m going to enjoy myself."