Brian Mansfield, Special for USA TODAY
Mars wasn't the biggest name that the biggest game could have booked. Compared to the superstars who have performed for the past several years - Beyoncé, Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, The Who,
But the Super Bowl has a way of elevating those who step up their game in the spotlight. And Mars, the Hawaii-born pop/R&B singer whose style draws on
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Mars' eight-piece band is modeled after the R&B revue style of
Many Super Bowl viewers may not have made the connection between Mars' image and his music before Sunday night, but for anyone who has turned on a radio in the past four years, he's been inescapable.
In an era where pop-music celebrities often are best-known for their outrageous style and outsized personalities, Mars is a musician's' musician, a bandleader and a true showman, the kind of entertainer with an appeal that can cross generations.
Mars may not have been the biggest entertainer the Super Bowl has booked, but he came in with something to prove. He probably left with his Moonshine Jungle world tour, which goes on sale Monday, being a hotter ticket than this year's game.