Super Bowl XLIX looks to have found its halftime performer, with sources confirming to Billboard that Katy Perry will take to the stage at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on 1 February, 2015.
The coveted, if reliably controversial, gig was also linked with Coldplay and Rihanna earlier in the year, but it seems Perry won out, having the requisite mix of fairly family-friendly songs, a big international fan base and stadium-sized anthemic hits.
The news comes in spite of the singer last week criticising the NFL's rumoured pay to play scheme (which would see performers pay for the slot due to the Super Bowl's 110 million + worldwide audience), telling ESPN: "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."
Last year's Super Bowl saw performances from Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the latter of which were criticised for "playing" without their instruments plugged in.
The band later explained in a statement: "For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre-recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not.
"Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre-recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend.
"It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people."Reuse content