Bruno Mars (in jean jacket and sunglasses) confirmed that he will play during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, 2014. He did this in New York City on the Fox NFL Sunday Program ON Sept. 8, 2013. (Russ DeSantis / AP Images for National Football League)
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winner Bruno Mars will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl.
The NFL made the announcement ahead of the kickoff of games on Sunday, with Mars joined by FOX co-host Terry Bradshaw and analyst Michael Strahan in Times Square.
The league’s championship game will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Mars is one of pop music’s top acts, with several No. 1 hits including his most recent, “When I Was Your Man.”
Mars, who was born Peter Hernandez, released his platinum-selling debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” in 2010, and released his second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” last year. His hits include “Locked Out of Heaven,” ”Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.”
The 27-year-old singer-songwriter-producer was honored for best male video and choreography for “Treasure” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.
Halftime shows have drawn more than 100 million television viewers in the United States in past years.
Beyonce was the star of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show in February in New Orleans, where the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
Some recent halftime performers at the NFL’s championship game were Madonna in 2012, The Black Eyed Peas with Usher and Slash in 2011, The Who in 2010, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2009.