Super Bowl: From Janet Jackson’s infamous nip-slip to Beyonce’s public stance against police brutality… five times scandal and controversy took center stage in the halftime show

The Super Bowl halftime show has consistently been one of the most watched events on television in recent memory. However, what is now always a spectacle is often controversial – and has not always been full of superstars.

Until the 1990s, fans weren’t treated to chart-topping artists performing their biggest hits back-to-back during halftime of the NFL’s season finale.

The very first halftime show in 1967 featured the marching bands from Arizona and Grambling State. This was considered normal before shows evolved from local college parade groups to honoring tributes, light shows, and eventually mainstream artists.

The halftime stage eventually became a highly sought after jukebox that doubled as a mixer for super collaborations as millions of viewers tuned in for the shows.

With the scale of the halftime show and the acts it graces, those 12-15 minutes have been a window for controversy and scandal on several occasions.

From onstage mishaps to pre- and post-show tensions between fans and the stars involved over social issues … DailyMail.com takes a look at five of the most scandalous Super Bowl halftime shows.

Janet Jackson's infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' inspired the creation of YouTube in 2005

Janet Jackson’s infamous ‘wardrobe malfunction’ inspired the creation of YouTube in 2005

Jackson's incident led Congress to pass a bill increasing fines for televised 'indecency'

Jackson’s incident led Congress to pass a bill increasing fines for televised ‘indecency’

Perhaps the most controversial halftime show to date took place in 2004 with the infamous ‘Nipplegate’. The show starred Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Nelly and Justin Timberlake in Houston.

At the end of the set, Jackson and Timberlake delivered a steamy performance of Timberlake’s 2003 hit ‘Rock Your Body’, taking the lyrics quite literally.

When the last line of the song – which reads: ‘You better be naked by the end of this song’ – dropped before the last note, Timberlake accidentally ripped off a breastplate from Jackson’s costume. As a result, her breast was partially exposed to the sky for the world to see.

This led the head of the Federal Communications Commission, Michael Powell, to blast the event. Powel exclaimed that a ‘celebration was tainted by a classless, crude and deplorable stunt.’

While some details behind the incident remain unknown, the FCC’s investigation was later met with Congress passing a bill to increase penalties for “obscenity” on television.

On the other hand, the mouth scandal inspired the invention of YouTube soon after. According to co-founder Jawed Karim, YouTube arose from the difficulty of finding clips of the ‘wardrobe malfunction’.

In the aftermath, Jackson’s career took a nosedive from the incident while Timberlake managed to avoid the same fate.

MIA’s $16 million bird, 2012

NFL Sues Rapper MIA For $16.6 Million For Turning Off Camera During Halftime Show

NFL Sues Rapper MIA For $16.6 Million For Turning Off Camera During Halftime Show

MIA and Nicki Minaj made guest appearances for the halftime show headlined by Madonna

MIA and Nicki Minaj made guest appearances for the halftime show headlined by Madonna

Although rapper MIA wasn’t headlining this halftime show, she undeniably did some damage with her guest appearance.

Maybe she got carried away when she shared the stage with pop legends Madonna and Nicki Minaj. While performing their hit ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’, MIA turned the camera off at the end of her verse.

The set, which also featured LMFAO and Cee Lo Green, was otherwise excellent outside of the probably-inappropriate gesture made on national television.

The NFL sued the rapper for $16.6 million and eventually settled for an undisclosed amount. The FCC surprisingly did not fine MIA for the incident.

MIA asked Madonna for help on social media after news of the lawsuit became public.

‘@madonna ummm…. can I borrow 16 million?’ she tweeted.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ not-so-live performance, 2014

The Red Hot Chili Peppers parodied their song 'Give It Away' in Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show

The Red Hot Chili Peppers parodied their song ‘Give It Away’ in Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show

The Red Hot Chili Peppers brought a different kind of energy to the peak of Bruno Mars’ set list in 2014. However, fans quickly noticed how the California legends’ instruments were unplugged and started asking questions.

While performers are expected to put on a great performance when called upon to do the halftime show, the group was criticized for allegedly lip-synching their hit ‘Give It Away’ on stage.

Bassist Flea later posted an open letter to confirm that they had mimed some of the act, per the NFL’s request. Even though they wanted to put on a real show, the league seems to have tied their hands while opting for perfection.

“It was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums and guitar would be pre-recorded,” Flea wrote. ‘There was no room for arguments about this.

“We take our music playing seriously, it’s a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert knows that we play from our hearts, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks and sweat blood at every performance. We’ve been on the road to doing that for 31 years.’

The band soon faced the music and admitted that they chose to leave the instruments to clarify the circumstances to the audience.

Beyonce raises allegations against law enforcement, 2016

Police groups tried to boycott Beyoncé's world tour after her Super Bowl 50 performance

Police groups tried to boycott Beyoncé’s world tour after her Super Bowl 50 performance

Beyonce divided fans over her appearance during Super Bowl 50’s halftime show. Headlining Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce came on as guests with their respective hits ‘Uptown Funk’ and ‘Formation’ near the end of the set.

During her portion of the performance, the pop star’s dancers were dressed in Black Panther-esque outfits that sparked discussion given the group’s unsavory history with law enforcement.

Additionally, Beyonce has been flagged for bringing race into her art form. The music video for ‘Formation’ features an African-American boy dancing in front of police officers while the words ‘Stop Shooting Us’ appear in graffiti on a wall.

Vincent Gericitano, president of the Tampa Police Benevolent Association, released a statement shortly after the performance saying his group’s officers were “disgusted” with the halftime show and music video.

The police union also called for law enforcement to boycott Beyonce’s ‘Formation World Tour’ in 2016-2017.

Beyoncé performed her hit 'Formation' with her dancers in Black Panther-inspired outfits

Beyoncé performed her hit ‘Formation’ with her dancers in Black Panther-inspired outfits

Maroon 5 performs amid Kaepernick controversy, 2019

Maroon 5 was turned down by several artists of color for their Super Bowl LIII halftime show

Maroon 5 was turned down by several artists of color for their Super Bowl LIII halftime show

After Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest the oppression of African Americans in the United States in 2016, many athletes followed suit. This soon led to the former 49ers quarterback finding himself without a team.

By 2018, the NFL had introduced a new rule that would fine players for not standing during the national anthem, sparking an outcry among fans and members of the community.

So when the league tried to book Rihanna for the halftime show, she turned it down, citing her support for Kaepernick as the reason. After contract negotiations with P!nk fell through, the NFL landed Maroon 5 to perform at the season highlight.

In 2018, the NFL began fining players for not standing during the national anthem

In 2018, the NFL began fining players for not standing during the national anthem

The pop rock group faced backlash for accepting the league’s offer amid calls for a boycott. In the wake of the controversy, Maroon 5 were reportedly desperate for an artist of color to join them for their set.

The show took place when Maroon 5’s hit ‘Girls Like You’, featuring Cardi B, was not far from dominating the airwaves. However, like Rihanna, the rapper reportedly had no interest in participating in solidarity with Kaepernick.

Variety reports that the group has reached out to the likes of Andre 3000, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Lauryn Hill and Nicki Minaj. However, each declined the opportunity.

Maroon 5 ended up getting rappers Big Boi and Travis Scott to collaborate with them for the halftime show. While Big Boi managed to avoid heavy criticism, Scott dealt with it tenfold after Jay-Z reportedly tried to take him out on taking the gig.