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Beyonce, Bruno Mars steal the show with Super Bowl 50 halftime performance

Bruno Mars and Beyonce brought more life to the Super Bowl 50 halftime show when they joined Chris Martin and Coldplay on stage. AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The Super Bowl 50 halftime show got off to a slow start with Coldplay’s colorful performance of "Viva La Vida" (prop bet paid out 5-to-1 as the first song).

Lead singer Chris Martin looked into the camera and said to the millions watching at home: “We’re all in this together.” That didn’t exactly get the crowd going.

But Bruno Mars added energy with “Uptown Funk” and Beyonce delivered with “Formation.”

Bruno Mars and Beyonce left the stage briefly as Coldplay paid tribute to past Super Bowl performers, and all three reconvened for the big finish.

Overall? It could have used more Beyonce and less Coldplay. It wouldn’t have hurt to bring back the dancing sharks from last year, either. Perhaps they’ll make a return in Houston in 2017.