Trombone Shorty, Janelle Monae Restore Faith in the Halftime Show

Trombone Shorty, Janelle Monae Restore Faith in the Halftime Show

[Los Angeles Times]

Janelle Monae and Trombone Shorty during the halftime show of the 63rd NBA All-Star Game 2014  at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Janelle Monae and Trombone Shorty during the halftime show of the 63rd NBA All-Star Game 2014 at the Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

When it comes to the intersection of pop music and sports, this winter has been an especially cold one. We had Bruno Mars‘ Super Bowl halftime show — an able yet professional jukebox-style nod to greater heights achieved by past rhythm-and-blues artists — and that’s essentially been the bar.

Such is especially disappointing because this is the season of the Olympics. Yet the opening ceremony came and went and it provided little more than some pictures of forgotten dance provocateurs t.A.T.u. halfheartedly shared on social networks. Remember them, they had that song where they kissed in the rain in the music video?

Even our figure skaters, save for the welcome exception of the always-bold Ashley Wagner and her good taste to perform to Pink Floyd, have been relatively predictable. “Riverdance” and Tchaikovsky are fine for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but a little break from tradition will make more stand up and take notice of those triple axels.

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