Katy Perry to perform at halftime during Super Bowl XLIX
Pop star Katy Perry will be the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1, according to The New York Poston Thursday night.
The news comes a week after the 29-year-old crossed over into the sports world with an appearance on ESPN's College GameDay, where she threw a corn dog at the camera, picked Oklahoma over TCU because of the looks of Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight -- the Sooners lost 37-33 -- and correctly picked Ole Miss to upset Alabama, which she later bragged about on Twitter to her 58 million followers.
Perry recently called out the NFL for allegedly attempting to charge performers to play during the show, which most recently drew a record-setting 111.5 million viewers. Perry reportedly said, "I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."
There have been no reports of that idea actually panning out and the NFL keeps it negotiations with its performing artists confidential.
The Super Bowl halftime show is no stranger to controversy, citing such performances as Janet Jackson's supposed wardrobe malfunction with Justin Timberlake in 2004 and another incident in 2012 in which M.I.A. appeared to flip the bird while performing live on-camera. That year, Perry performed during the Super Bowl pregame show.
It's not immediately clear if other acts will join Perry on stage this year.
- Marc Weinreich