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Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Featuring Madonna

October 3, 2011

Well here we go folks. Not even five weeks into the NFL season and rumors are emerging of this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer.

If Madonna pulls one of these off at this year's halftime show, nobody will ever remember Janet Jackson again.

According to, trail-blazing pop diva Madonna is slated as the performer for Super Bowl XLVI’s halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN on February 5, 2012. The information stems from a source close to the event, while the NFL has made no comment on the rumor. Assuming it holds true, it will be the first time a major female performer has taken the stage at the Super Bowl since Janet Jackson’s memorable tit-splosion in 2004.

Madonna was previously sought by the NFL as a halftime show headliner in 1998, although those plans summarily fell apart.

At first glance, this may seem like a weird choice. Pop princess who saw her heyday in the 80s, selected to perform for a primarily male audience ages 18-49? On the other hand, she was that darling heartthrob that so many of today’s NFL fans once crushed over…

At the very least its a useful compromise between male fans and their disinterested female counterparts. Not to say there aren’t any female NFL fans, but let’s be realistic, there’s a reason men pay more for car insurance, as there is a reason women are not as hunted by NFL marketers.

At this point, anything is an upgrade from last year’s debacle, featuring a disastrous halftime show by the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. We won’t forget BEP singer Fergie’s mic issues, exposing her not-so-surprising lip-syncing. Nothing against the Peas and their 21st century commercial appeal, but it was a far fall from the timeless music of Prince, The Rolling Stones or Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, who all made appearances in the five Super Bowls prior.

Speaking of, here’s a rundown of the performers dating back to 2002.

2002 – U2
2003 – Shania Twain, No Doubt, Sting
2004 – Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake
2005 – Paul McCartney
2006 – The Rolling Stones
2007 – Prince
2008 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
2009 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010 – The Who
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash

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