The Madonna edition of the Super Bowl halftime show is upon us.
Since the December announcement of the big show, the 53-year-old Material Girl has been quite the topic among lifelong Madonna fans and lifelong halftime show enthusiasts.
But is she ready for the millions of viewers that will descend upon her come Sunday, Feb. 5?
It is, I must say, it's the most nerve-racking thing I've ever done, Madonna told Jay Leno on Monday night.
The Super Bowl isn't the only item on Madonna's mind these days. The singer is getting ready to release her much-anticipated 12th studio album, MDNA, this spring.
I think the majority of the record is more action-packed . . . high-energy, Madonna told MTV last week.
The first single, Give Me All Your Luvin,' is expected to be a part of the Super Bowl halftime show, according to a set list leaked to Madonna fan site Madonnarama.
According to the leaked set list, Madge is also expected to perform Ray of Light, Vogue, Music and Holiday.
As we count down the days until the Super Bowl, here are five things to know about Madonna's halftime show.
The guests. Madonna will be joined by Nicki Mianj and M.I.A., who also appear on the studio recording of Give Me All Your Luvin.' On Friday, Minaj confirmed the news via Twitter, describing her Super Bowl rehearsals with Madonna as Epic of course. Sri Lankan superstar M.I.A. confirmed her guest appearance to BBC Radio 1 on Monday.
Yes, I'm going to the Super Bowl. I'm gonna be performing with Madonna and Nicki Minaj. If you're gonna go to the Super Bowl, you might as well go with America's biggest female icons, M.I.A. said on the Zane Lowe program.
LMFAO and Cee Lo Green have also been rumored to perform alongside Madonna on Sunday.
The halftime show will be nipple free. Don't expect Madonna to channel her inner Janet Jackson during the big show.
Well for sure no nipples, Madonna told Jay Leno on Monday night.
I wasn't going to go there. I wasn't going to repeat myself. Or do what other people have done before me, she added.
As Entertainment Tonight points out, Madonna was of course, referring to her controversial 1984 MTV VMAs performance of Like a Virgin. (Recall: Madonna arriving on stage in a white wedding gown; and the Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera tribute that would come years later).
Let's get physical. Don't expect Madonna to just stand and sing (does she ever?).
As Madge confessed last week, she's been in intense Super Bowl rehearsals.
Anybody that knows me knows that when I'm tired, I cry . . . if I cry, please, just don't hold it against me. I'm really not a sentimental kind of a person, a tearful Madonna told a New York theater crowd before the premiere of her film, W.E.
I'm really tired from working my a-- off for the Super Bowl, she also explained to People.
VOGUE. Lots of it. According to leaked pictures of the halftime stage, Madonna will perform with a huge VOGUE -tastic stage, complete with bright lights.
Head over to TMZ for pictures of Lucas Oil Stadium in its Madonna best.
One. Two. Luvin.' Madonna -- or her music producers and managers -- has great timing.
Before Super Bowl Sunday, Madonna will reward her patient fans (and American Idol viewers) with a sneak peak of Give Me All Your Luvin' on Thursday (really, just seconds of it), before unleashing the full video and song on her official YouTube channel on Friday at 9 a.m. EST.
Fans will have more than one full day to repeat the video and song in preparation for the big halftime show.
Speaking of timing, this week might as well be known as Madonna week. On Monday night, the singer released the official cover art for MDNA via Facebook, revealing a colorful montage with a touch of her Vogue days.
Super Bowl XLVI is on Sunday, Feb. 5.
MDNA arrives in stores in March.