All the “is she, isn’t she?” rumours finally were put to rest yesterday (September 29) when Lady Gaga confirmed she would be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Taking to Instagram, Gaga posted a pic with the following caption, “It’s not an illusion. The rumors were true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA.”
She followed the post up with a cute little video celebrating the announcement.
Given her excitement at having the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl – “I’ve always wanted to sing the National Anthem at a major sporting event since I was a little girl, and for it to be the Super Bowl, it is the ultimate. This is one of the highest honors of my career” – it’s no wonder she’s stoked at this opportunity.
Rumours have been running rife that the “Perfect Illusion” star would be headlining the show, with sources telling Billboard that NFL bosses “is said to be hot on the singer” following her performance of the National Anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. While no one was confirming anything, and with other names such as Adele also thrown into the mix, an NFL rep stated, “We’re happy there is so much excitement about the show.”
Known for its spectacle, big names, and, often times, controversy, the Super Bowl Halftime show seems an ideal fit for Gaga. Add the release of her latest single “Perfect Illusion” earlier this month and the new album Joanne due out soon, Gaga will have plenty of new material to showcase as well as bringing out some old classics.
While a number of female acts have performed at the Super Bowl, Gaga will only be the fifth solo female headliner, but the fourth in the last six Super Bowls. Diana Ross was the first in 1996, followed by Madonna in 2012, Beyonce in 2013 and Katy Perry in 2015.
Super Bowl 51 is on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.