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Halftime show a star-studded extravaganza

The Associated Press

The halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl was pure Disney: giant puppets, an 80-member orchestra and a burst of towering flames that could be felt by fans sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome.

The 20-minute extravaganza entitled "Tapestry of Nations'' opened with a duet "Celebrate The Future Hand in Hand'' by teen idols Christina Aguilera and Enrique Iglesias, who performed on a giant, circular stage in the middle of the field.

Hovering behind them was a giant puppet. Nearby was another large dovelike puppet as hundreds of dancers pranced about.

Aguilera and Iglesias were followed to the stage by singers Phil Collins and Toni Braxton. The show, narrated by actor James Luis Olmos, was the sixth time Walt Disney has produced the event.

Collins, the former lead singer for the rock band Genesis, who turned 49 Sunday, won a Golden Globe Award for his song, "You'll Be In My Heart,'' from the motion picture "Tarzan.''

Collins sang "Two Words'' from the Tarzan movie.

Braxton, a native of Atlanta, showing off her new, near-waist-length straight hair, did a rendition of "We Go On.''

The 24-year-old Iglesias, whose father is Latin singer Julio Iglesias, didn't need his dad's help in selling more Spanish language albums (14 million) in the past four years than any other artist in the world.

Aguilera, who at 19 is among the latest teen sensations, made it big with her hit, "I'm a `Genie in a Bottle,' baby ...''

Tina Turner, 60, in a tight-fitting black leather outfit, sang "Proud Mary'' while fireworks went off during the pregame show, a tribute to 20th century music anchored by the Smothers Brothers.

Country singer Travis Tritt, a native Georgian, also performed along with several other acts. Another country star, Faith Hill, sang the national anthem.

Madonna had committed to perform a version of Don McLean's "American Pie'' during the pregame show but backed out earlier this month.

The coin toss ceremony featured members from the 1970 Super Bowl between the Kansas City and Minnesota. They included Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, kicker Jan Stenerud and linebackers Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier. The Vikings was represented by former coach Bud Grant, defensive back Paul Krause and defensive end Alan Page.

Hunt tossed the commemorative coin, and Rams' linebacker Mike Jones made the winning call of tails. He chose to have St. Louis receive the opening kickoff.

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