Updated 9/23, 7:25 p.m. ET: Taylor Swift was approached to headline the Super Bowl but turned it down, according to TMZ. Sources close to the artist say that the singer doesn’t want to perform until she re-records her first 6 albums.
Sources close to Swift have told both People and TMZ that she won’t headline the show, despite speculation among her fans and a report from Variety that delved into the possibility. Rumors first started to circulate earlier this week, with many highlighting the upcoming release of her new album Midnights and the NFL’s Apple Music partnership as potential evidence.
Sources told Variety that she would, in fact, perform, but now that doesn’t appear to be the case. Swift has a partnership with Coca-Cola, so with Pepsi no longer serving as the sponsor for the Super Bowl the connection was made that Swift could serve as the headliner. The NFL has yet to announce who the performers will be when the Super Bowl is held at Glendale, Arizona’s State Farm Stadium on February 12, 2023.
The previous years have brought a series of big-name performers, with Dr. Dre enlisting many of his most famous collaborators for the performance earlier this year. Before that, The Weeknd performed in 2021, and Shakira and Jennifer Lopez the year before that. Apple Music serving as the sponsor for the show for the first time in 2023.
Swift is set to release her tenth studio album Midnights next month, and in the lead-up to its release she’s been slowly sharing the tracklist in a series of TikTok posts. She’s yet to unveil much about the record beyond its cover art, but we do know her longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff is involved in the project.