Adele Refuses to Play the Super Bowl, Pepsi & NFL Claim They Never AskedPhotos by Gareth Cattermole, Sascha Steinbach/Getty Music News Adele
So far, there are two rock-solid certain things about Super Bowl LI: it will be played in the Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium and Adele will absolutely not be the halftime show performer.
At a performance in L.A. this past weekend, the Grammy award-winning singer explained that she had refused an offer to perform during the game’s halftime show.
“I mean, come on, that show is not about music,” she told the crowd amid cries of disappointment. “And I don’t really dance or anything like that.” She joked she may reconsider after her next “dance” album.
Yesterday, Pepsi and the NFL cried foul over the singer’s claim in a joint statement which states Adele was never properly offered the gig:
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. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time.
Super Bowl LI will kickoff on Feb. 5, 2017. Check out our picks for five bands better suited for the halftime stage, including Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC and, probably impossible, Radiohead.