The “Roar” singer was invited to perform at the Super Bowl. After a month of speculation, sources close to the matter confirmed to reporters that Perry would perform during halftime at Super Bowl XLIX.
According to rumors shortlisted by the NFL in August. But controversy arose from reports that the league, which declined to comment on the “Firework” singer’s selection, was asking artists for payment in exchange for performing at its marquee event.
It also worth mentioning that Perry told ESPN last week that she wouldn’t give anyone money for a performance. “I’m not the kind of girl that would pay to play the Super Bowl,” she said.
Some 111.5 million people watched this year’s Super Bowl, which included halftime performances by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, setting a new viewership record.
Last year the Grammy Award winner Bruno Mars scored his first five No. 1 singles faster than any male since legendary Elvis Presley.
“It’s just an honor,” Mars said as the news was announced during Fox’s live pregame show. “We just got off tour, so being able to come to New York City and announce this is incredible.”
The “NFL is such a prestigious stage…that they give the new guy a shot, and I’m so grateful for that,” Mars said. “No, I haven’t been able to take it in. Not yet. Come Sunday, I will.”
“No matter where I perform, it’s my job to uplift the people – whether I’m performing at a graduation party, wedding, bar mitzvah, Grammys, Super Bowl, I’m gonna give it all I got,” he told reporters at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in New York City on Jan. 30. of the halftime gig, noting that his favorite halftime acts to date include Beyonce, Prince, Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen.
“I don’t trapeze and all that stuff. I hope to get people dancing and get people smiling. if you ever come to my shows, it’s just us up there with these songs and our instruments. I hope that’s enough.”
Mars also explained how he chose his co-performers. “The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’ve been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career,” he recalled when the NFL presented him with the opportunity.
“They’re a soulful band – and not just musically, but as people. I sat down with Flea, and he’s so passionate about music. Even to this day, doing it for so long, he’s still so passionate about creating music and performing. I want to surround myself with guys like that forever, and it’s an honor to share the stage with them. They’re one of my personal favorite bands of all time.”
Mars followed Beyoncé who headlined 2013’s Super Bowl halftime show with her former Destiny’s Child bandmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
The trio only performed “Bootylicious” and “Independent Woman” together. The Beyonce’s song “Single Ladies” was also on the list.