Bruno Mars gets the Super Bowl gig. (AP for NFL)

The NFL passed up its share of veteran performers with New York/New Jersey roots and named Bruno Mars the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Rather than going with Bon Jovi or Jay Z or Billy Joel and an all-star lineup, the NFL will skew younger with Mars, who may be B-r-r-r-r-runo Mars if the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a “c-o-l-d” Feb. 2 game materializes in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

It won’t be easy to top last February’s performance by Beyonce, which featured a Destiny’s Child reunion.

“It’s just an honor,” Mars, a 13-time Grammy nominee who has sold 45 million albums, said during the announcement on Fox’s pregame show. “We just got off tour, so being able to come to New York City and announce this is incredible.”

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