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Reports: Katy Perry to play Super Bowl XLIX halftime show

Singer and songwriter Katy Perry watches the action

Singer and songwriter Katy Perry watches the action between the Ole Miss Rebels and the Alabama Crimson Tide on October 4, 2014 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. Credit: Getty Images

It's official now: The NFL has gotten completely over the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction of 2004.

After eight years of Super Bowl halftimes mostly featuring acts that peaked in the 1960s, '70s or '80s, the league moved into the 21st century with Beyoncé in 2013, then Bruno Mars at MetLife Stadium in February.

Now this: Several reports this week said Katy Perry will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

There is no denying Ms. Perry's popularity. Her 58.1 million Twitter followers are the most among all humans. But she also has been known to generate a few sexually suggestive images in her time.

Should be interesting. At least we know she has football credibility. On ESPN's "College GameDay" last weekend, she correctly picked both Mississippi's victory over Alabama and Mississippi State's win over Texas A&M.

That prompted a tweet from her that read: "CALLED IT #OleMiss"

Later, images of her celebrating at an Oxford, Mississippi, bar -- during which she was seen chugging a beer, then diving into the crowd -- turned up on the Internet.

During her "GameDay" appearance, Perry, who turns 30 Oct. 25, addressed a recent Wall Street Journal report that the NFL had asked artists to pay for the privilege of performing for the massive Super Bowl audience.

Perry said she is "not the kind of girl to pay to play the Super Bowl."

Super Bowl XLIX will be Feb. 1, 2015, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, home of the Cardinals.


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