Lady Gaga Will Perform at Super Bowl LI Halftime Show

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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Lady Gaga officially will perform during halftime at Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston. 

The superstar singer announced the news Thursday:

Lady Gaga @ladygaga

It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA! @nfl @FOXTV @pepsi #PERFECTILLUSION #GAGASUPERBOWL https://t.co/qR4O57451G

USMagazine.com's Nicholas Hautman initially reported the news Sept. 14.

Shirley Halperin of Billboard first reported on Sept. 13 that Lady Gaga was in talks with the NFL to perform, though the NFL declined to confirm it had spoken with Lady Gaga.

"We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show," an NFL representative told Halperin. "However, at this point we do not have a final decision. We're happy there is so much excitement about the show."

While it remains unknown which artists the NFL contacted, Adele said in August that she was invited to do the halftime show and declined the offer, per Zach Johnson of E! News. 

"First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl," she told fans during a concert in Los Angeles. "I mean, come on! That show is not about music. And I don't really...I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind. They did ask me, but I did say no."

Lady Gaga, meanwhile, is no stranger to premier performances. She sang the national anthem before Super Bowl 50 and performed at the Academy Awards in February.

She would continue the event's recent trend of attracting younger, more modern acts. Coldplay headlined Super Bowl 50 alongside Beyonce and Bruno Mars. In 2015, Katy Perry was the headliner, and Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz joined her. The year before, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the show, while Beyonce and Destiny's Child took center stage in 2013.

That was in contrast to the 2000s, when the show embraced classic rock acts. Bands such as Aerosmith, U2 and the Rolling Stones, and performers Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen headlined the show throughout the previous decade.


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