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The 10 Most Awkward Super Bowl Halftime Shows

10. Super Bowl XXXII (1998)

10. Super Bowl XXXII (1998)

To celebrate their Motown inspirations, Boyz II Men were joined by Smokey Robinson, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations. Following the aging performers, Boyz II Men had absolutely no stage presence and just put everyone to sleep. And considering the fact that the halftime show is always such a flashy spectacle, there's just no excuse for a lackluster performance. Were they nervous? Was it better during dress rehearsal? The world may never know. What we do know is that this was a performance we'd rather forget. Credit where credit is due, though—the best part of the set was the Grambling State University marching band.

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9. Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

9. Super Bowl XLIII (2009)

For the most part, Bruce Springsteen’s performance was amazing. He played hits spanning his long career and he wasn’t forced to collaborate with anyone outside of his musical range. However, he did manage to slide crotch-first into a camera. Like a professional, that didn’t stop him from finishing the set.

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8. Super Bowl XXV (1991)

8. Super Bowl XXV (1991)

In an attempt to get adolescent viewers to tune in, ABC decided to get boy band New Kids On the Block to perform with enormous versions of beloved Disney characters. Years later, Donnie Wahlberg posted a video of the show, saying, “I’d rather eat rusted nails than watch this but, in the spirit of the game, maybe you’ll enjoy.”

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7. Super Bowl XLV (2011)

7. Super Bowl XLV (2011)

It’s hard to remember that the Black Eyed Peas were once one of the biggest musical acts in the world. Their Super Bowl performance didn’t make a great case for them. The worst moment was when Slash came out and began playing “Sweet Child o‘ Mine" as Fergie tried to do an Axl Rose impression.

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6. Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

6. Super Bowl XXVII (1993)

Always the showman, Michael Jackson had two body doubles pop up on either side of the stadium before the actual King of Pop burst onto the stage from underneath. Afterward, he stood still for a full minute and 30 seconds without moving. Maybe this was cool by 1993 standards, but it felt very forced and left Jackson with almost no time to perform his hits. Oh, and he decided to sing “We Are the World.” Really, Mike?

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5. Super Bowl XLIX (2015)

5. Super Bowl XLIX (2015)

During Katy Perry’s halftime performance, she was joined onstage by Missy Elliott, Lenny Kravitz, and two dancers in shark costumes. The shark on the left of Perry apparently missed his mark and was completely out of step with the rest of the performers. The Left Shark became the most talked about aspect of the game due to its hilarious awkwardness.

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4. Super Bowl XXXV (2001)

4. Super Bowl XXXV (2001)

The inclusion of Aerosmith, 'NSync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly was most likely an attempt to reach as many types of fans as possible, but it just came off as an awkward jumble of performers. Hearing each artist butcher another's song is enough to make you never want to listen to any of them ever again.

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3. Super Bowl XXXI (1997)

3. Super Bowl XXXI (1997)

As if it wasn’t bad enough for Dan Aykroyd and John Goodman to ruin The Blues Brothers with a terrible sequel, they took the stage at Super Bowl XXXI to promote the film. James Belushi stood in for his late brother John, which was just another reason why this never should have happened. James Brown joined them for a couple of songs, but he was upstaged by three awkward actors.

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2. Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)

2. Super Bowl XXXVIII (2004)

In the most talked about halftime show of all time, millions of viewers saw Janet Jackson’s exposed breast. Whether the wardobe malfunction was intentional is still widely debated, but it overshadowed every other aspect of the game. You probably don’t even remember that P. Diddy and Kid Rock were there, too!

1. Super Bowl XXIII (1989)

1. Super Bowl XXIII (1989)

Back in 1989, the Super Bowl halftime show wasn’t always the big spectacle it is today. The star of the performance was Elvis Presto, an Elvis impersonator and magician. When he took the stage, he had the audience participate in a singing card trick as dancers showed off the height of 1980s fashion against an interstellar backdrop.

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