Katy Perry scores Super Bowl halftime show after refusing to ‘pay to play’

Over the weekend, Katy Perry appeared on ESPN’s College Gameday show and made some football predictions. Her speaking voice was like acrylic nails on a whiteboard, and she waved a corn dog around. She called out OU’s Trevor Knight as her favorite pick/hottie. When asked whether she’d ever play the Super Bowl halftime show, Katy said, “I would be honored, of course, but I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play.” And so the rainbow-colored gauntlet was thrown.

Kaiser talked already about how the NFL wants halftime acts to pay to be part of the Super Bowl. The NFL thinks A-list acts would benefit so much from the exposure that a percentage of future tour earnings should be signed over. Ridiculous. Katy was one of the floated acts along with Rihanna and Coldplay. RiRi definitely had no interest in the gig after the NFL axed her recent opening act for a Ravens game. She tweeted her anger when they tried to use her song for a future show.


With Rihanna out, the NFL zeroed in on Katy. Page Six says Katy is the one and only for next year’s halftime show. They think she’ll be family-friendly and help clean up the league’s image after that pesky Ray Rice scandal. The NFL must have forgotten about the time Katy dedicated “Peac*ck” to Tim Tebow. It sounds like the NFL has agreed to pay Katy:

Katy Perry will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, insiders exclusively tell Page Six.

Perry’s been rumored as a contender for the coveted Super Bowl slot, along with Coldplay and Rihanna. The Super Bowl airs Feb. 1 on NBC.

Perry’s certainly been showing enthusiasm for the sport lately — at least at the college level. She appeared on ESPN’s “College GameDay” last weekend in a hot pink-and-black furry jersey, implored Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight, “Call me!” and partied with Ole Miss students.

“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” said an entertainment insider of the plan.

On ESPN, Perry blasted a reported NFL scheme to ask recording stars to pay the league in exchange for performing on its Super Bowl stage, which last year drew a record-setting 111.5 million viewers. “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,” Perry sniffed. The NFL said its negotiations with artists are confidential.

And Perry’s bubble-gum pop brand could certainly sweeten the image of a league that’s been rocked by bad press this season over domestic abuse and questions regarding player safety.

Unlike at-times raunchy Rihanna, Perry’s act is family friendly, and the league will surely look to steer well clear of any potential controversies like Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” or M.I.A.’s embarrassing bird-flipping incident.

[From Page Six]

Sure, Katy can keep things relatively clean in a wink-wink manner of speaking. Her lyrics are crude but framed in a cutesey way. She has plenty of hit singles, so her show would contain more recognizable songs than Bruno Mars’ show from last year (although he killed it). Katy will still end up offending people somehow with dumb songs like “Birthday Suit.” She’ll whip out some cultural appropriation too. Depending on what teams end up playing, this could get really messy. You don’t think the Washington Redskins have a shot at the Super Bowl, do you? Katy and that team would be a disaster combo.

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  1. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    What. The f. Is she wearing.

  2. Abbott says:

    Well, there will be something to mute.

    Think Swifty is mad she’s aligned with Coke and not Pepsi?

    • denisemich says:

      I don’t see what the NFL half time show will do for her. Katy Perry is a great song writer but not a great singer or performer. I really won’t tune in for some Blackeye Pea crap.

      • Snugglekitty says:

        I actually think her song writing is the lowest point of her “skills”… I don’t like her voice either but I guess she is high energy and professional with her stage performances. Many costumes, I’ll give her that.
        Her lyrics are banal, some of the worst:
        ‘Do you ever feel like a plastic bag?’
        ‘Baby do you dare to do this?’
        ‘Its in the palm of your hand now baby, make it a yes or a no, no maybe’
        That’s all I can recall for now, enough

  3. Gina says:

    She sucks. This is the same woman who dissed the girls who tried to exploit sexuality….seriously, the girl who had whipped cream whipping out of her boobs. She needs to team up with her nemesis Taylor Swift and do a sexy kitten and a kitten lover duet. Rihanna…show em how to do it….at least you’re honest about who you are.

    • Bridget says:

      Katy Perry isn’t exactly the strongest live performer, this could be embarrassing. Though I’m assuming she’ll just a lot of canned “backing vocals” to cover it up.

    • deehunny says:

      Yes, she the whipcream bra did no one any favors, but she isn’t the worst with nudity is she? She’s no Rihanna/Miley.

  4. QQ says:

    Oh Great! Cultural Appropriation Barbie “Now with Sex Acts Lyrics dumbed down and sold to your kids as Birthday fun/videos and Whipped cream shooting tits” is gonna mime and act a complete cheesy ball of corn for half time**

    The NFL is soooo “getting it” now!

    ** Complete with Wigs and Barbie Pink Props Gallore!

  5. Nev says:


  6. TX says:

    Ugh. Do not like.

  7. Knels says:

    Washington doesn’t have a hope in hell of making it to the super bowl.

  8. Jaderu says:

    Olivia Benson is not going to be happy about this.

  9. CandyKay says:

    Don’t care for Katy’s music, but I have to salute her business sense. Clearly she played hardball – no pun intended – with the NFL suits to make sure she got a bigger piece of the pie. The owners and players are getting paid to be there, so why should she have to give up some of her concert revenues for the privilege?

    I love it when a businesswoman negotiates well and wins. Wonder if she got a better deal than Bruno, Beyoncé and Madonna.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      To be honest, I don’t think ANY musician that is successful enough to play at the Super Bowl would do it for free.

  10. TheCountess says:

    *shrug* Isn’t halftime why the Puppy Bowl exists? 🙂

  11. philasweet says:

    Great. I’ll be excited to hear about how she lip synced the next morning.

  12. Jules says:

    Another halftime show I won’t watch.

  13. Jag says:

    Since it’s not Weird Al, I won’t be watching!

  14. tmh says:

    Good question here why don’t the super bowl ever have rappers as the super bowl performance. It makes more sense than Katy Perry and numerous of previous performers, what does the NFL have against rappers.

    • Seapharris7 says:

      The NFL’s main goal is “family friendly”, remember Jackson’s TittyGate? Or even GoDaddy.com commercials? The NFL has played it safe & snoozefest since then. Rappers aren’t usually considered family friendly, even though I’m sure more of the players would enjoy it.

    • Dutch says:

      They had M.I.A. as part of the show a couple of years ago and she caused a ruckus when she shot the double bird at the camera. That’s a reason why they don’t have rappers.

    • Yeah says:

      Bc most rappers aren’t great performers. I love rap, but it doesn’t translate well live.

  15. Hope says:

    Maybe I’m alone here, but I think she’s a great pick. Her songs are catchy, she’s known for bright obnoxious colors and dumb stunts which, while not really my jam, will make for a good spectacle. Bring on the whipped cream boobs and cotton candy clouds! I hope she plays “Firework” and “Roar.” She’ll probably throw in “TGIF” and “Dark Horse” and sing to recorded tracks. Oh well. Repeat after me everyone: At least it isn’t Coldplay! Thank heavens for that.

    • CandyKay says:

      I agree that she’s a great pick. She’s got lots of showmanship, which is exactly what you need in a big stadium.

  16. InvaderTak says:

    Because that’s exactly what football fans want. Katy Perry. Not. Get a rock band for once!

    • Dutch says:

      Yes men much prefer aging rock stars who look like bundles of Slim Jims come to life to large breasted women who like to jump around a lot.

      • CandyKay says:

        LOL! Yes, I’m sure Katy’s very small outfits will be popular with the football fans, even those who don’t like her music.

    • Scarlet Vixen says:

      After the Janet Jackson boob incident every halftime show for years were old(er) rock bands: Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Bruce Spingsteen, The Who, Rolling Stones, even Prince did a more ‘rock band’ type set and he isn’t a spring chicken anymore either. The years before JT & Janet had acts like U2 & Aerosmith & Sting. It’s just been the last couple years that they’ve gone to more pop acts. Personally, I’ll take ‘leathery’ rock bands who are actually talented over pop crap like the Black Eyed Peas & even Madonna’s wreck of a show.

      Every person at my Super Bowl party actually thought Bruno Mars was awesome. He was modern enough for the younger people, retro enough for my 78yr old dad, and clean enough for the kids. And it was fun! As much as I admire Katy Perry for her business savvy, I just don’t get her for a Super Bowl. It’s such a wtf choice for me. And Rihanna? Huh??

      • Dutch says:

        These decisions aren’t as complicated as they might seem. Some NFL exec took his tween daughter to one of Katy Perry’s tour dates, was impressed by the light show, couldn’t understand the lyrics and a halftime act was decided.

      • TheOneandOnlyOnly says:

        Yes, to everything you said – KP is a joke she doesn’t write her own music she has a team to help her and she will use lip synching and backing tracks – here’s a suggestion how about using college marching bands, including ones from an historically black college, and get rid of this halftime concept altogether – Does Goddell understand that it’s about the game, not about some cheesy halftime show.

  17. Nuzzybear says:

    I know I had something relevant to the article to comment on, but then I saw the shirtless Idris pic…

  18. Victoria says:

    My God. This was unwatchable.

  19. Hissyfit says:

    Why? She sucks.

  20. Courtney says:

    She is so basic.

  21. Jessica says:

    She can’t perform to save her life.

  22. lucy2 says:

    Good Lord, who is going to want to watch that?

  23. Yeah says:

    It seems Rihanna was more mad at CBS than at the NFL. I highly doubt they asked her to perform and she refused. No artist would say no to the halftime show unless they were afraid they couldn’t do it well.