The NFL has announced that Lady Gaga will headline the Super Bowl 51 halftime show, set for Houston’s NRG Stadium on February 5th.
After much speculation, the NFL and Pepsi made the announcement prior to Thursday’s Miami Dolphins – Cincinnati Bengals game.
“It’s not an illusion,” the singer tweeted. “The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!”
The 2017 halftime show, which comes three months after the release of Gaga’s new LP Joanne, marks Lady Gaga’s second consecutive Super Bowl appearance as she sang a stunning rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to Super Bowl 50 at Santa Clara, California’s Levi’s Stadium.
“I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean,” Gaga later said of her National Anthem performance. “They’ve been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now, I just sang from my heart.”
Adele was first mentioned as the league’s top choice for the Super Bowl 51 halftime show, but the 25 singer quickly shot down those rumors.
“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele said during a Los Angeles concert in August. “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. I’m sorry. Maybe next time, for my next album, because I’m going to do a dance album next time. So maybe I’ll do it then.”
The NFL and Pepsi responded to Adele’s announcement with a joint statement, “The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.”
Coldplay headlined the Super Bowl 50 halftime show with a major assist from Beyoncé and Bruno Mars.