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It’s no secret that every year the Super Bowl hosts a star-studded musical halftime performance, with previous acts like Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj as veterans. But this year for Super Bowl 50, if rumors are true, it looks like the halftime show will be bigger than ever! It’d almost be like a music festival with men playing football during the times that the performance isn’t on.
What we do know is that Coldplay and Beyonce are 100 per cent confirmed for the halftime show. It’s also just been announced that Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem to kick off the game (the American one, of course).
Now, rumors are floating around that potentially Adele, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna will be making an appearance during the performance too. Neither of these artists have confirmed anything yet.
But what’s the likelihood that these rumors are true? We’d like to take some educated guesses.
The MUCH staff’s consensus on Adele is that we think this rumor is highly unlikely. Why would such a massive superstar like her be an afterthought in the halftime’s lineup announcement?
Here’s just a few reasons that this star shines too bright to be forgotten last minute: Adele’s latest album, 25, broke the record for the most sales in a week (3.38 million) – ever, the album had the highest sales in 2015 (dethroning T-Swizzle’s 1989), and her single Hello is the first song to sell 1 million copies in a week. Not only is she a hot artist right now, but she breaks records. There’s no way that she’ll be making a mere “appearance” when she could totally be headlining the whole show.
Likelihood of this Being True Rating: One out of five platters of chicken wings
We think it’s very likely that Bruno Mars will be playing the halftime show.
Evidence? Well firstly, he’s a halftime alum. The singer played the Super Bowl halftime show in 2014 with Red Hot Chili Peppers, and as we can see with Beyonce, it’s totally possible for artists to return to the halftime show stage.
Secondly, in a Tweet sent on January 31 from Coldplay, vocalist Chris Martin heavily hinted that Bruno Mars might be playing the halftime show.
— Atlas Project (@ColdplayAtlas) January 31, 2016
*Impatiently waits for confirmation*
Likelihood of this Being True Rating: Five out of five left sharks
Not only did her “arch nemesis” Katy Perry play the halftime show last year, but Swift is also an enthusiastic go-getter. It’s likely she’d want to perform so she could get on Perry’s level (Bad Blood isn’t bad blood for no reason).
Plus, Taylor Swift has played other high-profile events like in the past like Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2015 or The 2013 Grammys, so perhaps she could add Super Bowl to her resume.
Likelihood of this Being True Rating: Four out of five Carolina Panthers
We give Rihanna a maybe because we’re not too sure about this.
She may play the halftime show because her latest album, Anti, just dropped. Artists often promote their new music by playing shows, especially high profile ones like the Super Bowl halftime show.
However, even though Anti went platinum, it reportedly only sold about 460 copies in its first week. Perhaps she’ll be keeping a low profile since it’s been the lowest selling album (so far) of her career. Who knows; she likes to surprise us.
Likelihood of this Being True Rating: Three out of five deflated footballs
We want to hear what your predictions are! Comment below or Tweet us @MUCH to let us know.