Adele is allegedly being courted for the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime show


I think the NFL has an iffy record of hiring Super Bowl Halftime acts. While some artists are obvious picks – Katy Perry and Beyonce come to mind – there have been some “WTF?” choices over the years. Like, I understand why someone, somewhere wanted Madonna to perform for the first time at the Super Bowl, but they sort of asked her too late? And it wasn’t good. I also think they asked Coldplay too late – Coldplay would have been great in 2006, not 2016, which is why Coldplay had to invite Bruno Mars and Beyonce to come out and bring some energy into the place.

So people at the NFL are already looking ahead to next year’s Super Bowl and they’re trying hard to come up with the biggest act, the most newsworthy performer. And they think that person is Adele. Adele… Super Bowl Halftime act? I’m not so sure about this, guys.

Adele described it as the biggest gig of her life when she headlined Glastonbury’s iconic Pyramid Stage in June. But she could soon be having a re-think. The superstar is set to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show next year. I can reveal American football bosses are desperately trying to land Adele for what is one of the world’s most-watched sporting events.

She would join the crème de la crème of icons who have performed in music’s most powerful slot, including PRINCE, MICHAEL JACKSON and the ROLLING STONES.

An NFL source said: “There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organisers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up. She’s sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers. It’s Adele’s nerves that are the issue — it hasn’t been an easy sell.”

[From The Sun]

Considering this is an exclusive from a British outlet, it’s highly suspect. I don’t doubt that Adele is on some shortlists, of course, but the NFL does know that she mostly sings sad love songs and not ra-ra-bang-bang upbeat pop anthems, right? The NFL people have heard Adele’s music, correct? That being said, imagine a Super Bowl arena going dark and Adele in a spotlight, singing “Someone Like You” to her biggest global audience ever. Chills. I just got chills. So maybe it would work.

Incidentally, you know who never gets asked to do the Halftime show? Taylor Swift. Some say it’s because of Taylor’s competing contract with Coke (the Halftime Show is currently being sponsored by Pepsi). Others say that maybe the Super Bowl audience doesn’t really want twee blind-item songs. There’s also a rumor/blind item going around that Taylor really wanted to sing the official Olympic song but Katy Perry got that one. Again, twee blind item songs are not really inspirational or anthemic.


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  1. lilacflowers says:

    Uhm, don’t Super Bowl half time acts have to be somewhat upbeat?

    • Erinn says:

      You would think, wouldn’t you? I could see if she had some more up-tempo songs in her albums… but her biggest hits aren’t exactly pump-up music.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Seriously, we don’t want to give a guy who fumbled or a QB who threw an interception reason to open a vein in the locker room.

        Bring back Bruno!

      • V4Real says:

        This would be such a snooze fest.

      • imqrious2 says:

        I was at her concert last Friday night, at Staples Center. I have to tell you, she was AMAZING. When she asked everyone to put their phone lights on, and sang “Someone Like You”, it was like a million stars in the room (and it was also projected onto the screen behind her). It gave you goosebumps.

        BUT… I can’t see her style translating to a Super Bowl style show. For that, you really need someone that’s going to get you to your feet, rocking along.

    • LA says:

      Yeah….dont get me wrong. I LOVE love LOVE her. But I don’t think she is a fit. Much like I didn’t think Coldplay was (and they got absolutely run over by Bey and

  2. pikawho? says:

    I love her but she has completely the wrong energy.

  3. akua says:

    Sorry no, I like Adele but plz no

  4. The Gift says:

    They need to call back Beyoncé and Bruno every year. And I’ll take Adele over or Taylor Swift’s or Rihanna’s very mediocre ass even though Taylor Swift is a better performer than Rih. Give Rihanna a walkover choreography and watch her start mumbling her lines. And that part about Adele singing “someone like you” in a dark stadium and us chills can’t happen because Adele doesn’t sound that good live. She only sings in the same 1.5 octave

    • Lynnie says:

      Beyoncé and Bruno saved the performance last year, and I say this as a Coldplay fan lol. Sooo much energy it was amazing, and the dance-off they/their backup dancers had 😍. Calling them back would get old though, much as I love them both.

    • imqrious2 says:

      @The Gift, I have to respectfully disagree. As I said above, I was at her show last Friday night, and she was pitch perfect all night. It was an awesome show!

  5. BendyWindy says:

    They should get Rihanna, with Drake and the Weeknd and Nick Jonas as guest stars.

    • menlisa says:

      Have you seen Rihanna perform? She is so lazy.

    • Lucy says:

      This!! Although I think there’s been trouble with booking Rih in the past.

    • Lynnie says:

      Why not make Drake the headliner? He’s got a lot of upbeat songs, the relevance to bring in younger viewers, and the energy to sustain a performance. I think making RiRi his guest star would work better for her, because then she wouldn’t have to meet so many expectations, while still bringing in her songs/their couple and popularity factor.

  6. Melody says:

    We (Minneapolis peeps) were so excited to get the 2018 Super Bowl, dreaming of having Prince do the halftime show again, this time in his hometown.

    I thought Swift said she didn’t do it because she wouldn’t pay for the privilege…

    • Lynnie says:

      That was then when she was on top of the world, but I could see her using the Super Bowl now, if the owners let her, as a kickstart for her comeback. She could literally “rise from the ashes” with a bunch of pyrotechnics as her opening entrance lol. The question is, would her catalogue be able to sustain a 30+ minute performance?

    • Bridget says:

      That was Rihanna that said that, I thought.

  7. jewel05 says:

    I wish blogs would stop spreading stories that originate with The Sun. I mean its The Sun, come on. These stories get picked up on the wire, go viral, get debated, and then nobody cares when the truth comes out.

  8. Ronaldinhio says:

    Calvin Harris, Katy Perry and Kanye mash up for the win

  9. Lynnie says:

    Who is the Halftime Show for? Is a way to bring other demographics in that otherwise wouldn’t care? Or are the acts supposed to appeal to everyone? Because some of the acts being thrown around here have very niche fanbases.

    Also where did all the performers/entertainers go lol. I’ve been really racking my brain to come up with some acts that would meet Halftime requirements out of today’s “stars.”

  10. Wes says:

    I liked Madonna’s performance.

  11. Amanda DG says:

    I love her, but she’s not the right choice for this venue. How about some hip hop for once? Drake is huge right now and has so much energy. Plus it would thrill me to see Minaj and Meek tweek out after they tried so hard to knock him down!

  12. arisia says:

    I’m not a sports fan and never watch the Superbowl. If Adele played at halftime, however, I would. Maybe it’s the “me”s of the world they’re after.

  13. Bartles & James says:

    I’m not really a Taylor Swift fan at all but I think she’d make a perfect halftime show performer. She has quite a few upbeat, recognizable songs and I think it fits her brand in some ways (not in others , maybe). The Coke contract V. Pepsi sponsorship problem makes sense, though.

    How come the big name pop-country superstars, like Brooks & Dunn or Tim McGraw, don’t get asked?

    • meg says:

      I’d definitely like to see some country performers for the halftime show. Brooks and Dunn are ahhh-mahhh-zing in concert, and same with Garth Brooks. They have so much energy when they preform. And if they wanted to go more modern, I think Carrie Underwood would be great!