Material Girl rolls out the hits at halftime

Madonna performs at halftime. Click on the photo for a full gallery of her show. (Todd Rosenberg/NFL)

INDIANAPOLIS — Well, that was interesting.

In a halftime set that included Roman gladiators, Gregorian monks, 70,000 flashlights, a marching band and one very bad bird, Madonna delivered the goods as the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performer.

The massive stage took about seven minutes to build, and the outrageously limber 53-year-old pop star performed four songs in a 15-minute set. Her show included the 1990 hit “Vogue,” 2000’s “Music” (with LMFAO) and 1987’s “Like A Prayer” (with Cee-Lo Green as the guest star).

But it was The Obligatory New Song Nobody Knows (“Give Me All Your Luvin’ “) that might have brought some trouble. Hip-hop star M.I.A. randomly flipped off the audience at the end of her guest verse, an act that inevitably will lead to debate about whether it was premeditated or done on the spot.

If you’ve followed the career of the controversy-courting Madonna, you already know the answer. Hey, she said no wardrobe malfunctions, not any malfunctions.

— Dan Hanzus

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