Katy Perry has agreed to play the Super Bowl halftime show according to numerous reports.
The event takes place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 1.
“I would be honored, of course,” Perry told ESPN’s GameDay on Saturday about the prospect of playing at the Super Bowl halftime show. “But I have let them know that I’m not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl.”
The remark followed reports that the NFL sought a payola relationship with the entertainers featured on America’s most viewed broadcast. The league also considered Coldplay and Rihanna. The former’s new album has underperformed relative to recent efforts and the latter’s involvement as the victim of a celebrity domestic-violence incident surely wouldn’t do the league any public-relations favors in light of its Ray Rice troubles.
It remains unclear if the nine-time Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper bent in her anti-payola stance or if the league abandoned its desire to play a 21st-century Alan Freed.
Perry continues the NFL’s renewed dalliance with pop stars as its halftime entertainment. After Janet Jackson revealed her nipple on the 2004 broadcast, the league relied on classic-rock staples such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to perform during the intermission. Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars have headlined the last four halftime broadcasts.
Should the “California Gurls” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)” singer come down with laryngitis, perhaps the entertainment juggernaut that has played the most Super Bowls would consider a return engagement….