Katy Perry To Play
Super Bowl

Katy Perry has been selected to perform during next year’s Super Bowl halftime show. 

Photo: Courtesy of Quicken Loans Arena
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

A source reportedly close to the matter confirmed to the New York Post that Perry, who’d been up against Coldplay and Rihanna for the Feb. 1 gig, was in negotiations to play the show.

“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” the source said.

The NFL had taken some heat for an alleged plan to have halftime performers pay to perform, given the exposure they receive during the event.

The American Federation of Musicians blasted the idea in mid-August.

“It’s not like the NFL and its Super Bowl organizers don’t have any money and can’t afford to pay for halftime show performances,” the AFM said. “It’s about the insatiable thirst for profits at the expenses of great musical entertainment and those who create it.”

Perry was also critical the scheme, telling ESPN, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.” Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.