Get ready for fireworks on the Super Bowl XLIX stage.
Katy Perry will perform during the 49th annual NFL showdown on February 1, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Her confirmation comes months after the NFL sought to “tap into the pockets of half-time performers whose own income hikes after game time shows” and, ironically, days after she told ESPN’s College GameDay that she’s “not the type of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl.”
However, an “insider” told Page Sixthat a private negotiation between Perry and the pigskin powers-that-be has been “hammered out.” Pay or not, Perry’s star power will draw high numbers. Beyoncé’s 2013 performance brought in 110.8 million viewers, a stat that has been trumped only by Bruno Mars when he earned 115.3 million fans earlier this year.
Perry reportedly beat out Coldplay and Rihanna for the coveted set. Rihanna was a front-runner until her NFL recording of “Run This Town” was yanked from CBS Sports following the league’s Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal; she was at the center of her own infamous domestic violence case in 2009 at the hands of her then-beau Chris Brown and has publicly denounced CBS for “penalizing” her. Ri: 1. NFL: 0.
Either way, we’re excited to Perry perform...and hopefully she'll bring Juicy J along, too.