Lady Gaga Was Confirmed to Headline the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show Until She Wasn’t
Yesterday (Sept. 18, 2016), following weeks of rumors, Us Weekly published a report confirming Lady Gaga had officially signed on to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. But as soon as we started giving serious thought to our dream setlist, the NFL tossed a wet blanket on our dreams.
“Lady Gaga is set to headline the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, a source confirms to Us Weekly,” the report begins. “The ‘Perfect Illusion’ singer, 30, has officially signed on to perform at the 51st annual football championship event at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017.” And everyone screamed, “YAAAAASSSSSS!”
Within three hours, however, the NFL issued a statement denying this report, saying that a final decision had not been made about any performer.. The organization’s senior vice president of communications, Natalie Ravitz, tweeted the following in response to Us’ story.
.@usweekly ignored my on record response: we’ve had conversations w several fantastic artists about SB Halftime Show but no final decision
— Natalie Ravitz (@NFLNatalie) September 18, 2016
In summation: within a week, Gaga went from being rumored to play the halftime show to confirmed to play the halftime show to unconfirmed to play the halftime show she’d just been confirmed to play. What a time to be alive.
Here’s the thing, though: Us Weekly actually has a pretty good track record when it comes to revealing Super Bowl performers way ahead of time, having called both Katy Perry and Bruno Mars months before the NFL’s official announcements. So hold on to your big pink hats, Little Monsters, because there’s still a very good chance we’ll see Gaga grace that stage in February. Before then, give “Perfect Illusion” another spin.