Coldplay and Beyonce went both retro and inspirational on February 7, as they put on a colourful Super Bowl halftime show at the Levi's Stadium in California.
Coldplay was nominally the headliner at the American football championship game, but it was Beyonce who made news. Moments after the show finished, a brief television advertisement announced that she will head on a world tour.
The 40-date tour of stadiums across North America and Europe will open April 27 in Miami and close July 31 in Brussels, Beyonce's promoters announced shortly.
Beyonce, who had been relatively quiet in 2015, released a new song on the eve of Super Bowl, Formation.
Beyonce put on Formation at the Super Bowl, backed by a synchronized squad of dancers in matching black leather bodysuits with golden highlights.
She took over the show from Coldplay, who paid tribute to the Super Bowl's host city of San Francisco with a stage that flashed in the tie-dye of the city's 1960s counterculture as dancers on the field hoisted giant flower shapes.
The show ended with the stars together on stage as spectators in the stands held up colourful cut outs to read out the words, Believe in Love.
Indian theme for Coldplay
Coldplay also pursued a fascination with India. The British rockers, along with Beyonce, recently released an Indian-themed music video - Hymn For The Weekend.(Also Read: Coldplay's New Video Accused of 'Reinforcing Stereotypes' About India)
Coldplay decorated the Super Bowl stage with marigold flowers and wrote the band's name in Hindi on their amplifiers and drumset.
Singer Chris Martin raced onto the stage, and sang the upbeat Coldplay track Viva La Vida as the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, led by Venezuelan maestro Gustavo Dudamel, enthusiastically joined him.
Mark Ronson sang Uptown Funk as Bruno Mars, who in 2014 had been the Super Bowl halftime headliner, re-emerged to lead an urban-style dance crew.
With the game marking the 50th Super Bowl, Bruno Mars and Beyonce converged together on stage to a medley of tracks from past halftime performers. One snippet showed Michael Jackson, whose black and gold outfit was the clear inspiration for Beyonce's attire for the night, although the late King of Pop had worn trousers.
Earlier in the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga, best known for her outrageous outfits, delivered a classic rendition of the national anthem. Sporting a sparkling red pantsuit and heavy red eye makeup, along with blue polish on her nails, Lady Gaga drew loud applause for her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner and appeared to be holding back tears.
Lady Gaga has increasingly moved away from her over the top performances and distinguished herself by singing pop classics in a duet with 89-year-old Tony Bennett.