Will singer Katy Perry perform at the Super Bowl halftime show next year?
Billboard writer Colin Stutz said “sources have confirmed” that Perry will be the musical performer for the game. Last year, more than 111 million people watched Bruno Mars play at the Super Bowl, according to Forbes.
Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL asked “at least some” of the artists who were being considered for the 2015 halftime show if they would pay for the privilege, citing “people familiar with the matter.” The three acts on the NFL’s shortlist were Perry, Rihanna, and the band Coldplay, according to the WSJ. Joanna Hunter, an NFL spokesperson, told the WSJ that contracts were confidential.
When Perry appeared on the ESPN program “College Game Day,” Perry said, “I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”
When contacted by Billboard, the NFL declined to comment about the report of Perry being the official halftime performer.
Perry released her newest album, “Prism,” in 2013 and the album’s songs “Roar” and “Dark Horse” both topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer was also behind the 2008 album “One of the Boys” and the 2010 album “Teenage Dream.” She has been nominated for various Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Teenage Dream,” Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Record of the Year, among others. She recently won the Best Female Video award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards for the song “Dark Horse.” Perry is also known for her singles “I Kissed a Girl,” “California Gurls,” “Firework,” “E.T.,” and others. She currently has the most Twitter followers of any user, according to Billboard, with over 58 million users currently following her.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.