We can't force people to like every type of music and hey, if you didn't like the halftime, it's your choice.
However, I have to say that Bruno is one of the most talented young Top 40 stars out there, and a hell of a performer and songwriter. And he is not some "Disney-fied" hyped lip-syncher. He's a genuine phenom who has been doing this for 20+ years.
Wait--did OHT just say "20+ years"? That kid is only 20 something years old.
Well....watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT-3Dl2PMLM
I lived in Hawaii and saw Bruno as an 11/12/13 year old, opening oldies shows doing a killer Michael Jackson-infused show. His pops was a singer with a local Honolulu doo-wop group ("The Love Notes") and Bruno has been essentially training to be a singer/entertainer his whole life.
He was a nice kid then. Don't know if he's an asshole now--but I don't think so. And he just sold out three straight nights back home in Hawaii where he will kick off his tour.
Again, like who you like. But that kid is mega talented. The James Brown-type dancing he did during halftime was amazing...and he can 100% sing live while doing those moves. I watched him do it as a kid from the side of the stage and there's no reason to think he can't still do it as a 25 year old. When he's 40-45, then we'll see...
I love the older guys, but what the hell are we going to do--keep propping up Mick/Sir Paul/Elton/Bruce/old sad Madonna forever? Bruno was a great choice--and a hell of a sight better than some of the other music "stars" they could have gone with.
I will concede--Adele with the symphony would have been outstanding. Again, another talent that needs no adornment. Give you another voice that isn't big yet, but could be: Angie Johnson. Saw her at the Grand Ole Opry this summer and was blown away by her voice. I had no choice--she sang two songs, including the national anthem, w/o accompaniment.
When someone can get up without any instruments and say "I can just sing and you will be dumbfounded"...that is my measure of talent. I saw Tony Bennett...at what, 85-86 years old...just pull this off in concert last year!
Someone please lock Britney/Miley/Beiber and their record label agents in a dank prison until they understand the difference between talent and crap.