According to an “exclusive” posted on football site SB Nation today, reigning queen of pop Madonna will be the entertainment at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. They know this because “sources close to the event” told them.
Via SB Nation:
As you’d expect for an artist with her mass appeal, this isn’t the first time Madonna’s been approached about performing at the Super Bowl. In 1998, it wasÂ heavily rumoredÂ that Madonna would perform at Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, only to have the plans fall apart before a deal could be reached. Likewise, Madonna was reportedly to headline the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXV, two years later, butÂ backed out at the last minute.
Not surprisingly, NFL reps declined to comment. But for the Super Bowl’s sake, I hope they are able to lock her down this time. Despite being arguably a little past her prime, Madonna would be a huge improvement over The Black Eyed Peas‘ performance from last year, which managed somehow to make pyrotechnics, Usher and Slash all seem boring. It would also be a nice change of pace for the event, which has shied away from sexy pop acts since Janet Jackson‘s infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004, instead veering towards dad rock like Bruce Springsteen and The Who. Madonna is both an exciting pop artist to watch gyrate and a mature and responsible 53-year-old woman, so they can probably trust her to keep her top on. Then again, you never know what Madge might have up her sleeve (or shirt, as the case may be). I kind of hope she makes out with Lady Gaga.