Coldplay were joined on stage by some former half-time acts
It's the marquee showpiece of one of the biggest annual sports events in the world, but on this occasion the reviews were mixed.
Rock group Coldplay were appointed the task of chief entertainer for this year's Super Bowl 50 while Beyoncé and Bruno Mars were intended to be their back-up acts.
Coldplay opened the set with renditions of Viva La Vida and Adventure of a Lifetime followed by Bruno Mars and a fleet of dancers belting out the 2015 hit song Uptown Funk.
Beyoncé picked up the performance from there, wearing a costume which paid homage to the deceased Michael Jackson on the night he performed at the Super Bowl in 1993.
She performed her new track Formation and the trio later reconvened on stage to conclude the ensemble with a few final bars of Uptown Funk.
Here's how Twitter assessed the 2016 Super Bowl half-time acts.
Worst Superbowl game, worst Superbowl halftime show, worst Superbowl commercials.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2016
Other than that really enjoying it. #SB50
That whole thing was amazing. Incredible production. Kudos to all involved in the @SuperBowl 50 halftime show.— Aaron Nagler (@AaronNagler) February 8, 2016
CONGRATS NFL FOR MAKING THE SUPERBOWL 50 HALFTIME SHOW THE WORST HALFTIME SHOW EVER— Liam (@_LiamR_) February 8, 2016
After completely destroying the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, Beyoncé takes time to enjoy the game! pic.twitter.com/HFCox7CPGK— THE BEYHIVÉ (@TheBeyHiveTeam) February 8, 2016