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Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Anybody worried about how Bruno Mars would do on one of the world’s largest stages had obviously never seen the young star perform live. That all changed Sunday night when tens of millions got their first chance to see why he’s one of the most exciting live acts of his generation.

Mars, 28, took his high-powered live show to Super Bowl halftime, creating what felt like an intimate show in the arena in East Rutherford, N.J., and supersizing it in what has become a defining moment for those who preceded him on the list of halftime performers in the big game. (Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The great thing about Drake — and there is no irony in the use of “great” here — is the dichotomy that defines him. Sometimes, he is just so darned earnest, such an emotional open book. To the openhearted, that is wonderful; to the jaded, it is a bit embarrassing. And then sometimes, he is able to wink at that.

The guy has a sense of humour about himself, which is a large part of his appeal. He charms you into liking him. If he took himself as seriously as it seems he does in his confessional lyrics, it would be absurd. The fact that he embraces the mockery, and even takes part, puts the hip-hop artist standing in as the Toronto Raptors’ global brand ambassador just on the right side of tolerable.

As soon as you want to give him, and this whole idea of him representing the Raptors, the benefit of the doubt, the preposterousness of the whole arrangement looms again.

“Tonight isn’t a Drake show. It has nothing really to do with Drake,” Drake said before Drake Night, an evening that was a glorification of Drake’s brand, only tangibly related to the Toronto Raptors’ 96-80 win over the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities.The club has named Drake its new “global ambassador” and the Toronto rap star will have a voice in the team’s rebranding.Mayor Rob Ford also attended the Monday’s announcement. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The 2016 NBA All-Star Game is coming to Toronto and the Raptors are looking to one of the music industry’s biggest stars to help revamp the franchise in time for the festivities.

The club has named Drake its new “global ambassador” and the Toronto rap star will have a voice in the team’s rebranding.

Mayor Rob Ford also attended the Monday’s announcement. (Photo: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honour retiring closer Mariano Rivera before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Among the gifts was a rocking chair made of baseball bats, presented by New York manager Joe Girardi and shortstop Derek Jeter. Metallica performed Enter Sandman as part of the ceremony. (Photos: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images; Elsa/Getty Images)

This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

This happened: Philadelphia Eagles coaches hold up Rocky and Elvis signs in the second quarter while taking on the Washington Redskins at FedExField on September 9, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Roger Federer tries to play the violin during an advertising film shooting in Zurich, Switzerland to promote the Lucerne Festival, a prestigious classical music festival that celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The festival will last September 16, 2013.  (Photo: AFP Photo/Credit Suisse/Lucerne Festival)

Kid Rock. Tiger Woods. Playing. Golf. What. (Photo via Kid Rock/Facebook)

Kid Rock. Tiger Woods. Playing. Golf. What. (Photo via Kid Rock/Facebook)

The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Miami Heat were so hot last night, Justin Bieber’s sunglasses ended up being SEARED ONTO HIS FACE. Because that’s the only reason why he would be wearing sunglasses inside, OBVIOUSLY. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Alexis Normand was given a second chance at the Memorial Cup on Tuesday night. You might remember her …troubled …rendition of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at the tournament on Saturday night. The video went viral and she was an overnight celebrity of sorts.

On Tuesday, she got a do-over — but she only performed the Canadian anthem. She told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix she is not sure if she could perform the U.S. anthem again in an arena setting.

“I’d have to think about. I know I can do it, but it would be kind of a head game.”

Click through to watch her latest performance.

Ah yes, famous people come out in droves for playoff games — especially since ticket prices are off the wall. Last night’s example: Glee stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith (who is Canadian) took in the Canucks vs. Sharks game in Vancouver. ARE THEY BAD LUCK? (Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)