Qualifications to perform at the Super Bowl‘s coveted halftime show have basically been — be an all around musical legend. The theatrical performance is one of the “go big or go home” variety, with extensive backdrops, meticulous choreography, and props to blow your mind. With stages lit on fire, and our favorite stars shooting through the air, one’s costume choice has to meet the grand occasion.
While Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl ensemble may have gone down in history for other reasons, the leather costume was a show-stopper nonetheless. From James Brown and Prince’s bold suiting, to Beyoncé‘s utilitarian unitard, and Jennifer Lopez’s crystal-encrusted cutout bodysuit, the Super Bowl’s halftime show has seen some of the most mind-blowing looks in entertainment history.
Here, GRAZIA USA looks back on the Super Bowl halftime show’s greatest looks to take the stage.