Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige will walk the way of Run-D.M.C. Sunday when they perform with Aerosmith during the finale of the Super Bowl halftime show.
The chart-topping pop acts, announced Wednesday as performers, and ’NSYNC will sing and rap along with the rock band to its 1976 hit, “Walk This Way,” which was remade as a rap-rock hit with Run-D.M.C. in 1986. The ending number will follow alternating songs by ’NSYNC and Aerosmith, coordinating producer Greg Choa said.
’NSYNC will perform “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me,” while Aerosmith will do “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” and their upcoming single, “Jaded.” The songs are subject to change, Choa added, as rehearsals are just getting under way.
Past Super Bowl halftime shows have featured a variety of acts from Michael Jackson to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
A top-notch list of performers that includes Bon Jovi, Sting and the Backstreet Boys is also lined up for the pregame show this year (see “Bon Jovi, Sting, Styx In Super Bowl Pregame Show” ).
The Backstreet Boys will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and legendary soul singer Ray Charles will sing “America the Beautiful.”
Bon Jovi will perform at a televised tailgate party, and Sting will sing his latest hit, “Desert Rose,” and the classic Police tune “Roxanne” during the pregame stadium show, titled “Life’s Super in Central Florida.”
Styx will perform “Come Sail Away” as pirates enter the stadium on a mock ship during a portion of the show that won’t be televised. Tampa, Florida, pop group
PYT also will perform, and Kevin James of “King of Queens” will host.
The Super Bowl will be held at Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium and will air Sunday on CBS. MTV is producing the halftime show.