Will Missy Elliott perform at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show?
Super Bowl halftime show performer Katy Perry had already revealed that singer Lenny Kravitz will be appearing during the show on Feb. 1. “My first special guest is going to be an incredible rock & roll icon, a guitar god,” Perry said, according to Rolling Stone, before revealing that Kravitz would join her. Now, according to the Associated Press, Perry has added singer Missy Elliott to the lineup.
The AP cited “a person familiar with the plans” in reporting that Elliott will perform. As noted by the AP, Elliott was part of a remix of one of Perry’s songs, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.).”
Perry had said recently that someone else would be joining her during the show and that “when you hear the first ring of the chord, I think jaws will drop and faces will melt,” according to the AP.
Elliott's album "The Cookbook" was released in 2005. She has received various Grammy awards, including Best Female Rap Solo Performance for her 2002 song "Work It."
It was previously announced that “Frozen” actress and singer Idina Menzel will be performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, while singer John Legend will be taking on “America the Beautiful.”
More than 115 million viewers tuned in to watch singer Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers during the halftime show last year, according to the NFL.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that negotiations between the NFL and artists included requests to play the Super Bowl halftime show. The contracts were not public, NFL spokesperson Joanna Hunter told the WSJ at the time.
“I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,” Perry said when she appeared on ESPN’s College Game Day.
NFL director of media events Sarah Moll said of the halftime show in an interview with the Monitor, “I would just say to buckle up because it’s exciting from start to finish.”