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Madonna's much-anticipated halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis was a spectacle of elaborate costumes, star guest appearances and greatest hits. But was it everything her fans had hoped it would be?
Dressed in a Gladiator-like outfit topped with a huge crown, Madonna, 53, was carried out by muscle-bound men in legionnaire getups. The legendary pop diva performed a 12-minute mini-concert of her hits including "Vogue," "Like a Prayer," "Music" and her latest single "Give Me All Your Luvin."
The Material Girl shared her halftime spotlight with LMFAO, who sang "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy And I Know It" with her as acrobatic dancers and a tightrope walker performed around them. Madonna also impressed with some gymnastic moves of her own, including cartwheels and push-ups.
Then similarly clad rappers Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined Madonna for their single "Give Me All Your Luvin." Holding pom-poms, the two younger artists sang their verses atop separate platforms. (And M.I.A. got so caught up in the performance that she gave the crowd the middle finger, which NBC later apologized for.)
For the grand finale, Cee Lo Green (dressed as a drum major) led a marching band on stage to sing parts of "Open Your Heart," "Express Yourself," and then "Like a Prayer," during which the Voice judge stole the show with his vocalizing -- not to mention his black sequined choir robe. The two harmonized with a gospel choir that belted out the No. 1 hit's memorable chorus.
After the song's final line, Madonna vanished from the platform in a blur of smoke as the words "World Peace" appeared on the field. (And as she promised, there were no wardrobe malfunctions during the show)
Reactions on Twitter were divided between those who thought it was spectacular and those who were disappointed -- either by the performances or the fact that Madonna didn't kiss Nicki or M.I.A. But we want to know what you thought! Vote in our poll to share your thoughts.
Watch the halftime performance below!