If a rumor going around is true, it turns out that Katy Perry is that kind of girl. Sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that the pop star, who told ESPN on Saturday, "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl," is likely to perform at the XLIX Super Bowl halftime. The League decided to charge performers for the right to perform during the wildly popular halftime event.
Perry was on a shortlist with Coldplay and Rihanna in August, and accepting the slot would be a no-brainer for a performer. Last year’s broadcast had 111.5 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Billboard reported that a combination of Perry’s current hits, her “family-friendly” catalog and her international popularity would make her a prime contender to perform the halftime show. If she ends up performing, Perry will have a tough act to follow: Beyonce, who was briefly joined by former Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, set the stage on fire at last year’s halftime performance, garnering comparisons to Madonna and Michael Jackson.
The NFL did not comment on the rumor. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.