Bruno Mars 'ain't scared' about Super Bowl halftime show

Singer Bruno Mars speaks at a news conference ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl halftime performance, when he'll take the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Videojournalist: Casey Musarra (Jan. 30, 2014

Bruno Mars said that the enormity of headlining the Super Bowl halftime show hasn't hit him yet.

"I ain't scared," he said, smiling at a roomful of reporters Thursday at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall. "It's my job to uplift the people. . . . I'm going to give it all I got. Whatever happens happens."

The Hawaiian native Mars, who just started full rehearsals on Tuesday, said the weather has been the biggest surprise so far. "The microphone turns into a Popsicle," he said. "We need to get some heaters on everything."


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However, Mars -- who has already had four hits from his "Unorthodox Jukebox" album, including No. 1 hits "Locked Out of Heaven" and "When I Was Your Man" -- wouldn't elaborate on his halftime show plans much beyond that. He did say that the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will also play during the show, were his first choice. "I want the world to watch," he said. "It's only a couple days away. They can hold tight."

Renee Fleming, whom NFL organizers called "the Peyton Manning of opera," was a little more forthcoming with her plans for singing the national Anthem.

She will be accompanied by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and four military choirs, adding that Vera Wang is designing a coat for her.

"I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to the 200th anniversary of the national anthem," said Fleming, adding that she was thrilled to be the first opera singer performing at the Super Bowl. "I applaud . . . [the NFL] for really doing something different this year."

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