ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Get those paws up Little Monsters! The patron saint of pop has just officially announced via Twitter that she will be delighting us during the Fifty First Super Bowl Halftime Show next February. This will make it her second Super Bowl appearance having already featured in last year's event after singing the national anthem to rave reviews. However, it will be the first time she has performed as part of the Halftime Show itself, with last years performances being conducted by Coldplay who were joined by guest stars Bruno Mars and Beyonce — who famously upstaged them.

Now part of the sacred tradition which fuses the world's biggest pop stars with one of the worlds biggest sporting events, Gaga will also be following in the footsteps of Katy Perry, Prince, Madonna and the Black Eyed Peas. With last years show averaging well over a hundred million viewers, she is firmly on track to fulfill her plan of complete world domination in spectacular style and as her Super Bowl announcement reveals, she's super excited.

New Album, New Tour

Releasing her new single 'Perfect Illusion' just three weeks ago and with new album 'Joanne' set for release on 21. October, Gaga's Super Bowl performance is likely to tie in perfectly with her 2017 tour. Having released three consecutive Number One albums: 'Born This Way,' 'Artpop' and 'Cheek to Cheek,' and selling over thirty million LP's worldwide, as well as over a hundred and fifty million singles, it's safe to say 'Joanne' looks primed to become another monumental success.

Shortly after announcing her Super Bowl Halftime debut, Gaga retweeted the NFL's promotional trailer for the 2017 sporting event which combines the music video for 'Perfect Illusion' with footage from previous Super Bowl games, giving us a cheeky teaser of what's to come.

The Yanks vs. The Brits

However, earlier in the year it was British superstar Adele who was touted to be playing the Halftime show. At least, that was until she quite adamantly shut down the rumor mill, telling her fans at a concert in LA that the NFL did approach her but she declined, stating:

“I mean, come on, that show is not about music.”

Whether Gaga will let Adele's rather salty sentiments affect her remains to be seen, but we're pretty sure that she, and the rest of the world, know that no one goes to see any sell-out stadium gig, Adele's included, just for the music alone.

Payment Controversy

Speculation over whether money exchanges hands between the NFL and the Halftime megastars always feeds into the hype of the event. Although it remains unclear as to whether the NFL pay the superstars to feature as part of the show or whether the superstars pay the NFL to be a part of it. Both parties seem to gain as much as each other, perhaps creating one of the finest examples of a mutually beneficial arrangement humanity has so far yet to see.

The NFL supports this theory with a spokesperson telling ESPN that Lady Gaga did not pay to perform in the event, and the NFL in turn, did not pay Gaga to feature in it, thereby maintaining this magical equilibrium.


Do you think Lady Gaga is going to be the best Super Bowl Halftime performer so far?

(Sources: ESPN)


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