Madonna performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots on February 5.The legendary singer performed hit songs like "Vogue" and "Music" on stage and also performed her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring appearances by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A.
M.I.A. appeared to sing "I don't give a [expletive]," according to the Associated Press, although it was hard to hear clearly. The rapper did extend her middle finger to the audience and it was clearly visible. The camera shot briefly blurred after that, but too late."NBC fumbled and the NFL lied because a performer known as M.I.A. felt it necessary to flip off millions of families," the watchdog group the Parents Television Council said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer."
A spokesperson for the National Football League said the singer's "obscene gesture" was "completely inappropriate" and "very disappointing."
"We apologize to our fans," the NFL rep said.
An NBC spokesperson said the NFL "hired the talent and produced the halftime show" and that the neworks's "system was late to obscure the inappropriate gesture and we apologize to our viewers."
Madonna was also joined by several more guests. Pop group LMFAO performed and sang a bit from their singles "Party Rock" and "Sexy And I Know It" alongside the pop superstar.
Cee Lo Green, who is promoting the NBC show "The Voice," which aired after the Super Bowl, came on stage to join Madonna for the final song, "Like A Prayer." The two singers, who briefly performed on an elevated platform, were joined by a choir.
On February 3, Madonna released the music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin," featuring M.I.A. and Minaj. Madonna appears in the video wearing black leather, surrounded by football players, while Minaj and M.I.A. sport cheerleading uniforms.
The singer previously admitted she was nervous about performing the big show. "I have 12 minutes and 40 seconds to do something extravagant and exciting in the middle of something that's quite sacred to all of America." Madonna told the Los Angeles Times."I'm more nervous about this than most things I've done, simply because...it's not how I'm used to working. I'm a perfectionist."
It was announced in December that Madonna's album would be released in late March.
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