NEW YORK (AP) — The Material Girl will be taking the stage on football’s biggest night.
Madonna, who has sold more than 300 million records, will perform at halftime of the Super Bowl in Indianapolis. The NFL and NBC announced Sunday during the Detroit-New Orleans game that the Grammy Award-winning singer will highlight the show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Feb. 5.
The show is the most-watched musical event of the year, with more than 162 million in the U.S. tuning in to see The Black Eyed Peas’ performance with Slash and Usher in Dallas at halftime of Green Bay’s Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh last February.
Madonna, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will join such acts as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, The Who and the Rolling Stones to perform during recent Super Bowls. She will collaborate with a team from Cirque du Soleil, choreographer Jamie King, and artists from Moment Factory.
Madonna, currently in the studio working on a new album, has a new film “W.E.” which she directed, wrote and produced and will open nationally two days before the NFL’s signature event.
The Super Bowl and halftime show, sponsored by Bridgestone Americas, will be broadcast worldwide on NBC.
Talk about pulling a 180°, huh? After JT ripped off Janet Jackson’s boob cover… the Super Bowl halftime shows have been super conservative (Prince could be considered the exception)…and the NFL has been taking a lot of flack for it. They just keep hiring safe and conservative acts. Tons of old dudes: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who…guys like that. You know, that would’ve been risky, like, 30 years ago. So instead of continuing the trend of getting a little less conservative… like the Black Eyed Peas last year, they go and grab Madonna? Madonna?! She too, would’ve been riskier a couple decades ago, but still… even though she’s old as balls, 53 to be exact… this is the chick who produced an entire book called Sex that she was naked in the entire time. Think the FCC is sweatin’ this act? They should be.
Here’s hoping Madonna goes all 1984 on us for the show… just to piss everybody off.
…and gross me out.