Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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.

1996: Diana Ross at Super Bowl XXX

Diana Ross preforms during haft time of Super Bowl XXX between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl 27-17. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Diana Ross preforms during haft time of Super Bowl XXX between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers on January 28, 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won the Super Bowl 27-17. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

1997: James Brown at Super Bowl XXXI

James Brown performs during the half-time show for Super Bowl XXXI between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Packers won the game, 35-21.

2001: Aerosmith and Britney Spears at Super Bowl XXXV

Britney Spears and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT

2004: Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XXXVIII

Janet Jackson during The AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show Produced by MTV at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

2007: Prince at Super Bowl XLI

Prince during Super Bowl XLI – Indianapolis Colts vs Chicago Bears – Half Time Show at Dolphins Stadium in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)

2012: Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Super Bowl XLVI

Nicki Minaj and Madonna perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

2013: Destiny’s Child at Super Bowl XLVII

Kelly Rowland, Beyonce and Michelle Williams perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2015: Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX

Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

2016: Beyoncé at Super Bowl 50

Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Beyonce perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

2017: Lady Gaga at Super Bowl 51

Lady Gaga performs during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga performs during the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

2020: Jennifer Lopez with Shakira at Super Bowl LIV

Jennifer Lopez performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Shakira (L) and Jennifer Lopez perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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