Did Adele lie about being offered the 2017 Super Bowl Halftime Show performance slot?
The 28-year-old singer opened up about turning down the opportunity to perform at next year’s Super Bowl during a concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday. However, a statement reportedly issued by the NFL and Pepsi on Sunday sings a very different tune.
According to Billboard, the NFL and Pepsi addressed Adele’s rejection of the Super Bowl offer as well as any other rumors circulating about the highly-anticipated Halftime Show within one joint statement.
“The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else.”
Does this mean that the NFL and Pepsi currently have no plans for the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show? According to the rest of the statement, the league and halftime show sponsor “are focused on putting together a fantastic show.” In regard to the specific details about who will be performing, they “look forward to revealing that in good time.”
In recorded video footage shared online, Adele discussed the rumors of her performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show from the stage to her audience.
“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl. I mean, come on, that show is not about music… I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said ‘No.'”
Adele tells LA crowd she won’t perform at 2017 Super Bowl https://t.co/NE1499kNn0https://t.co/6KAYGvSnMQ
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 15, 2016
Shoutout to @Adele for turning down doing the Super Bowl halftime show ✌????️☀️???????? that’s real!
— Danyellen (@daniboo217) August 16, 2016
Year after year, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has been known for delivering jaw-dropping, newsworthy performances from its headlining acts.
Coldplay in the Super Bowl 2016 in the Halftime Show, with Beyonce and Bruno Mars pic.twitter.com/ayZlFGyaVS
— Fix You (@LuiPlay) March 10, 2016
When you take into consideration the featured acts for Pepsi-sponsored performances within the past decade, the list is filled with award-winning artists and music legends:
- Prince (2007)
- Beyonce and Destiny’s Child (2013)
- Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers (2014)
- Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott (2015)
- Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Gustavo Dudamel (2016)
The odds of the NFL and Pepsi securing another great performer (or ensemble of performers) for the 2017 Halftime Show are fairly high considering their past track record. Seeing Adele take center stage would have pleased numerous fans and critics that enjoy watching and listening to her powerful vocals and impressive range.
Keep in mind that Adele already has a filled plate of performances when it comes to her current tour schedule. With her track record of selling out her shows, Adele will have more than enough chances to please a vast number of her fans and critics performance after performance and tour leg after tour leg.
— Adele Union (@AdeleUnion) August 15, 2016
With Adele not performing at the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show, however, the question still remains, “Who will perform?”
Super Bowl 51 is currently scheduled to take place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5, 2017. With football fans and critics eagerly anticipating the start of the upcoming regular season, chances are that specific details about the Halftime Show headlining act will be released (and confirmed) sooner than most people realize.
Come on Adele, Super Bowl 2017 Halftime performance has your name written all over it. You must do it!!!! https://t.co/rJSjpYlMBB
— Stephanie Leemary (@Lady5SpanishFly) August 16, 2016
@Adele PLEASE DO THE SUPER BOWL
— siena (@mitamgrimes) August 16, 2016
Adele may have very well been one of the “several artists” that the NFL and Pepsi had “conversations” with in reference to the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Even if she was not, the Grammy-winning artist made it clear to her fans she will not be on that stage – allowing the ongoing mill of rumors and speculation to keep on spinning.
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