Bruno Mars wants to curate hip-hop Super Bowl halftime show in 2019

The Super Bowl is done and dusted. The Eagles won and fans tore up Philadelphia as celebrations got out of hand. But thanks to Bruno Mars, next year’s edition is already gathering hype. At least the halftime show is.

The Uptown Funk hit-maker took to Twitter on Monday to approach the NFL and asked for a fully hip-hop halftime show in 2019 which is set to take place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on 3 February 2019. Mars suggested that the National Football League take advantage of the vast talent of Atlanta’s hip-hop artists for the performance.

Bruno Mars performed at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show two years ago on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

"Outkast. T.I Gucci, lil jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few," the Finesse singer tweeted, also adding jokingly that he just wants to "help curate" the show and that he’d charge just a few billion for it! He then quickly added "all jokes aside please lets make that happen."

The city is widely considered to be the modern home of hip-hop in America and the home city of artists including modern legends like Migos, Gucci Mane, and Outkast.

League representatives have yet to respond to Bruno's proposal, but Atlanta officials have already recruited one hometown hip-hop favourite to promote the city for Super Bowl LIII - rapper/actor Ludacris.

Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was headlined by Justin Timberlake (who dropped his new album Man of the Woods earlier this month) on Sunday night, and the response was mixed to say the least, especially considering the Prince hologram controversy. NME’s final verdict of JT’s halftime debacle should give you an idea of what the performance was like: “Cameraphones flashed around him, but what they would have caught was not a man closing out a triumphant performance, but one that was uninspired, mediocre, and – Prince tribute aside – instantly forgettable."

But 14 years after Timberlake infamously caused Janet jackson's 'nipplegate' scandal and made the phrase 'wardrobe malfunction' common parlance, this year's performance doesn't seem that bad.

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