TAMPA, Fla. - One was a 12-minute party, the other a two-minute proclamation.
Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson used the Super Bowl stage for two very different performances Sunday night: he proved he's still The Boss with an electric halftime show, while Hudson showed she's ready to return to the spotlight after the slayings of three family members.
Springsteen and his E Street Band had turned down numerous invitations to play the halftime show, declining the high-profile time slot because it was a bit beneath them.
Then the show slowly started to draw legitimate acts - U2, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, to name a few - and Springsteen changed his view of performing in the middle of a football game.
He promised a 12-minute party, and more than delivered by charming the estimated 100 million television viewers with his opening line: "I want you to put the chicken fingers down and turn your television all the way up."