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Lighting it up

Aerosmith, N'Sync add spice to MTV-driven halftime show

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Posted: Sunday January 28, 2001 9:17 PM
Updated: Monday January 29, 2001 3:39 AM

  Britney Spears Britney Spears joined Aerosmith for a Run DMC-less rendition of "Walk This Way" at halftime. Brian Bahr/Allsport

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- MTV gave the Super Bowl plenty of lights, cameras and action Sunday night.

The 10-minute halftime show -- which was produced by MTV for the first time and featured a mix of rock, pop and hip hop stars -- was a drastic change for America's premier sporting event.

N'Sync and Aerosmith headlined the show, which provided viewers with fireworks and constant strobe lights. Each band took turns singing songs before coming together -- along with special guests Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige -- for a rendition of Aerosmith's 1975 classic "Walk This Way."

With thousands of "fans" flooding the stadium infield, the presentation resembled a concert. Many of the fans held neon signs, also giving it the look of a WWF match.

But the highlight of the event came just before the jam session. Under each seat at Raymond James Stadium, there was a one-time-use flash camera. The fans were asked to simultaneously snap a shot when prompted by the big screens above each end zone.

Their cue came during Aerosmith's second song, and the fans responded to give the 70,000-seat stadium the look and feel of a giant disco.

The halftime show also came with a warmup act, a 90-second film featuring comedians Chris Rock, Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller. But something obviously was wrong with the film, because it flickered in and out for most of its duration, and it was difficult to follow.

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