If you’re like me, the only part of the Super Bowl you’re really interested in is the half-time show.  And this year, I was pleasantly surprised.  Not just because Madonna was carried onto the field by a throng of scantily-clad men, and she herself portrayed as some golden idol goddess.

This is actually an outtake of the film "300," in which Madonna replaces the Persian king.

No.  I enjoyed this half-time show because, suddenly, out of nowhere, came M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj.

What Madonna?!

If you’re “old,” or just out of touch, there’s a good chance you don’t know M.I.A. What about Nicki?  Her booty has been seen everywhere.  She’s busted out of her Hip Hop/Rap niche and is all over the place, including the dance floor.

But after this show, I think that more and more people will give M.I.A. her due now that she has given the finger to the Super Bowl audience.

I first heard of M.I.A. after her hit Paper Planes for the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

This year, with the release of her new single Bad Girls, coupled with this Super Bowl performance, M.I.A. stands to break out of her niche and become as truly popular in the U.S. as she is elsewhere.

I, for one, was really damn surprised to see her on that stage.  Check out this Tumblr calling her a sell-out.

It doesn’t phase me as much.  She is still a bad-ass chick, and if she has humanitarian messages to spread, I say let her become more popular and spread them to a wider audience.

Finally, I’m just gonna ask:  if Lana Del Rey had gotten up there are the Super Bowl, what would her performance have been like?

L.D.R., bitches!

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uYs0gJD-LE&w=560&h=315]

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