After last year's attempt to appeal to a younger audience with the Black Eyed Peas performance with Slash and Usher at the Super Bowl's halftime show, the NFL is reverting back to an artist that has been around a little longer.
The NFL confirmed Sunday that Madonna, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, will perform at the halftime of the Super Bowl XLVI at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Feb. 5.
The announcement was made during NBC's Sunday Night Football broadcast of the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints game, The Associated Press reported. She will reportedly have help with the performance from her choreographer/creative director Jamie King and perform alongside Cirque du Soleil.
The NFL approached Madonna to play Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998 and in 2000 for Super Bowl XXXV, but the singer backed out each time.
Fans appear divided on NFL's choice to invite Madonna to play the Super Bowl, as the league has been reverting to interest in veteran acts since the 2004 Janet Jackson Nipplegate scandal. In years following the incident, the NFL opted for acts like Paul McCarthy, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and The Who to play the Super Bowl halftime.
Madonna, currently recording a new album, wrote and produced the romantic drama W.E. that will open two days before the Super Bowl. The film focuses on the affair between King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) along with a contemporary romance.