It seems like this is always highlighted every 4 years, more prominently than other times because both an inaugeration & Superbowl present them nationally, plus we get 2 championship games leading up to the Superbowl, that also showcase them I thought this could be just a discussion of the performances themselves, which are mostly given by current pop artists. Which ones we like/dislike & why etc... I watched the ones this last weekend, both of which were done remotely, due to covid protocols, & while I'll admit that both were a little disappointing to me, I'll cut some slack for the minimalistic nature that the times called for. It's hard in general to present any kind spectacle lately The 1st was the NFC championship, where Carly Peary sung it a capella, & while she sung it well enough, I can't help being underwhelmed whenever there's no accompaniment. Even just a backing track would appeal to me more. The AFC game's was done by a solo guitarist (Forgot who) & TBH, those rarely appeal to me because it's just such a knockoff of Jimi Hendrix's, which none of them ever deliver with as much potency IMHO. Then there was Lady Gaga's inaugural performance, where I'm probably in the minority. I by no means found it bad, but she did some unusual stuff that musical ears pick up on, which were lost on me. She arranged it in a mixed meter 3/4 & 4/4... & maybe even some 2/4? She also thew in added pauses, & broken breath patterns (which I think might have been intentional) The overall effect made the performance drag & rush in places & seem stilted. I think she might have intentionally been trying to make it play a bit awkward, to reflect our awkward times, & while a rather intelligent hidden message, it still made the music less appealing to me Thoughts? I guess I'll just have to wait to see how the Superbowl's plays out. Any idea who's doing it?