UPDATE 9/18/16: US Weekly is reporting that Lady Gaga has officially signed on to perform at the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. The report only cites an anonymous source, but falls in line with earlier speculation from Billboard and others; however, shortly after the article was published, Natalie Ravitz, the senior VP of communications for the NFL, sent out a tweet insisting they have not made a final decision on next year's performers.
This doesn't mean a Gaga performance is out of the question, though. If the rumors are true, she would follow 2016's performers Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé. Super Bowl 51 will take place on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
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Lady Gaga is reportedly in talks to play the Super Bowl 51 halftime show in Houston in February 2017. According to Billboard, the singer could clinch the biggest stage of the year because the NFL was impressed by her performance of The Star-Spangled Banner at the 2016 Super Bowl.
The last year has definitely been a big one for Gaga, who won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, "'Til It Happens to You." She is currently gearing up for the release of her forthcoming album and already dropped the project's first single, "Perfect Illusion," which was produced by Mark Ronson, BloodPop, and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker.
"We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show," an NFL rep told Billboard in a statement when asked about Gaga. "However, at this point we do not have a final decision. We're happy there is so much excitement about the show."
Previously, Adele said she passed on the NFL's offer to perform at the Super Bowl 51 halftime show. "They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no," she told the audience at her concert in August. However, the NFL and show sponsor Pepsi said there had been no formal offer. "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," they said in a joint statement. "We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time."
Kanye West fans have already tried to convince the NFL to let the rapper perform at the halftime show with the hashtag campaign #KanyeWestForSuperBowl51, which would undoubtedly be an incredible choice considering 'Ye's penchant for entertaining and putting on epic shows like his current Saint Pablo Tour.
Of course, the NFL has operated on a pretty clear-cut pattern of picking non-controversial Super Bowl performers since the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake incident of 2004 and it's likely their next pick will stand by that method. If the NFL is still searching options, they can always look into the 10 artists Complex would love to see play the Super Bowl right here.