Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars have thrilled a global audience of more than 100 million during the Super Bowl 50 half-time show in California.
Known mainly for mellow hits, Coldplay treated fans watching the game between the Denver Broncos and the Caroline Panthers at Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara to a powerful rendition of their hit Viva La Vida.
Surrounded by dancing violinists and standing on a colourfully illuminated stage floor, the band then performed Paradise and Adventure Of A Lifetime.
Moments later a black-leather-clad Mars, who headlined the half-time show in 2014, appeared on stage, singing and dancing through his hit Uptown Funk!
But all eyes were on Beyonce, who sang and gyrated her way through her latest single Formation.
After her dazzling performance, the Grammy-winner announced details for the 2016 Formation World Tour.
The game itself was won by the Denver Broncos, who upset the Carolina Panthers 24-10 with an impressive defensive display.
Before the kick-off, Golden Globe winner and best original song Oscar nominee Lady Gaga stunned spectators with a rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Shimmering in a red-glitter suit and matching eye makeup, the 29-year-old singer belted out the US national anthem while actress Marlee Matlin performed in American Sign Language.
The singer won a Golden Globe last month for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel and she has been nominated for best original song at the Academy Awards for Til It Happens To You.
The Super Bowl is the highlight of the American football calendar, and previous half-time performers include Katy Perry, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones.
The 12-minute show half-way through the match has become almost as eagerly-anticipated as the game itself.
This year’s Super Bowl was one of the most highly guarded sporting events in US history.
Although officials said there was no specific or credible threat to the game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, some 50 miles southeast of San Francisco, security services piled resources into it to prevent any repeat of the deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.SkyNews
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