Adele Declines Offer to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Adele turns down invitation to headline NFL Super Bowl 51 halftime show.
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Adele said she won’t be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next February—but the singer wants to let them know she’s “Sending Her Love.”

During her Adele Live 2016 Tour, Adele quelled rumors that she is slated to headline the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston.

“Come, on. That show is not about music, and I don’t dance or anything like that. They were really kind, they did ask me, but I did say no,” she told the crowd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Aug. 13. 

However, according to NFL, a formal offer was never made to the British superstar.

“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,” read a statement from the NFL and Super Bowl sponsor Pepsi, according to CNN. “We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.”

Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars performed at the 2016 Super Bowl’s halftime show. Beyonce’s performance of her single, “Formation,” caused quite a firestorm, with many feeling she was spreading an anti-police message. Her performance featured dancers wearing militant clothing and raising their fists, with some comparing it to the Black Panthers.

In response to the fury, the “Lemonade” singer reassured her message wasn’t anti-police, but instead was celebrating Black culture.

“Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me,” she said in an interview with Elle. “I’m proud of what we created and I’m proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way.”

The 2017 Super Bowl takes place at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Feb. 5, and it will broadcast live on Fox.

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