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The Most Unforgettable Halftime Outfits Of Super Bowls Past

We'll never forget #nipplegate.
02/02/2018 05:45am ET

This Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will face off in hopes of becoming Super Bowl LII champs. But as we all know, there’s more to the sporting event than Tom Brady and football.

That’s right, we’re talking about the halftime show, which has become one of the most coveted blocks of stage time among music’s top stars.

Super Bowl halftime performances are typically about 13 minutes long. Viewers can always expect a spectacle ― usually filled with fireworks, a whole lot of glitter and perhaps even a giant golden lion.

Our favorite part of the performances, though, has to be the costumes.

Over the years, Super Bowl halftime performers have worn some pretty memorable outfits. Remember Michael Jackson’s now-iconic black and gold look from 1993? Beyoncé even paid homage to the ensemble when she performed with Coldplay in 2016. What about Diana Ross’ massive gold cape? Or Prince’s bright blue suit and purple guitar? And we can’t talk about Super Bowl halftime fashion without mentioning Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and the infamous wardrobe malfunction that led to #nipplegate.

Timberlake will be back to perform this weekend, and rumors about whether Jackson will join him onstage have circulated online. (Stranger things have happened, after all.)

In the meantime, take a look back at some of the most iconic and memorable halftime outfits of Super Bowls past:

1972: Carol Channing at Super Bowl IV
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1989: Elvis Presto at Super Bowl XXIII
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1991: New Kids On The Block at Super Bowl XXV
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1993: Michael Jackson at Super Bowl XXVII
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1994: Wynonna and Naomi Judd at Super Bowl XXVIII
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1994: Travis Tritt at Superbowl XXVII
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1995: Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle at Super Bowl XXIX
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1996: Diana Ross at Super Bowl XXX
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1996: Diana Ross at Super Bowl XXX
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1997: James Brown at Super Bowl XXXI
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1997: ZZ Top at Super Bowl XXXI
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1998: Queen Latifah at Super Bowl XXXII
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1998: Smokey Robinson and Martha Reeves at Super Bowl XXXII
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1999: Gloria Estefan at Super Bowl XXXIII
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2000: Tina Turner at Super Bowl XXXIV
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2000: Toni Braxton at Super Bowl XXXIV
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2000: Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XXXIV
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2001: *NSYNC at Super Bowl XXXV
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2001: Steven Tyler and Britney Spears at Super Bowl XXXV
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2002: Bono at Super Bowl XXXVI
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2003: Shania Twain at Super Bowl XXXVII
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2003: Gwen Stefani (with No Doubt) at Super Bowl XXXVII
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2004: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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The moment before #nipplegate.
2004: Janet Jackson at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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2004: Kid Rock at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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2004: Diddy at Super Bowl XXXVIII
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2006: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards at Super Bowl XL
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2007: Prince at Super Bowl XLI
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2007: Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend at Super Bowl XLIV
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2011: Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl XLV
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2011: Usher at Super Bowl XLV
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2012: Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI
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2012: Nicki Minaj, Madonna and M.I.A. at Super Bowl XLVI
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2012: Redfoo (of LMFAO) at Super Bowl XLVI
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2012: Cee Lo Green and Madonna at Super Bowl XLVI
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2013: Destiny's Child at Super Bowl XLVII
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2014: Bruno Mars at Super Bowl XLVIII
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2015: Katy Perry Super Bowl XLIX
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2015: Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX
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2015: Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX
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2016: Bruno Mars at Super Bowl L
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2016: Beyoncé at Super Bowl L
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2016: Chris Martin at Super Bowl L
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2017: Lady Gaga at Super Bowl LI
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2017: Lady Gaga at Super Bowl LI
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