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Report: Madonna booked to play halftime at Super Bowl XLVI

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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The long and inevitable dance toward a Super Bowl halftime performance by Madonna might've finally produced a booking for the NFL.

That according to SBNation.com, which cited sources close to the event saying the pop icon will perform at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

Madonna could become the first person to star in both a Super Bowl halftime show and
Madonna could become the first person to star in both a Super Bowl halftime show and "Evita". (Vadim Ghirda/Associated Press)

The NFL's comment on the matter was essentially that they had no comment on the matter.

“We do not comment on the musical talent for the Super Bowl until we have something to announce,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday.

If the "Material Girl" -- can a 53-year-old woman be called a girl in any context? -- is indeed booked, the NFL will have gone back to the warhorse chest that produced other veteran acts in recent years like The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and The Who.

The run of rock stalwarts was halted in February, when The Black Eye Peas performed at Super Bowl XLV.

Madonna's commercial popularity has waned in recent years, but she'll bring plenty of additional star wattage to the NFL's signature event. The entertainer has sold 300 million albums and is widely considered the most successful female artist in music history. This is an extremely famous woman, making her connection to the country's most celebrated sports event a natural fit.

As you might expect given an artist of Madonna's reach, this isn't the first time the NFL approached her to play the Super Bowl. The league attempted to lock her up in 1998 (Super Bowl XXXIII) and 2000 (Super Bowl XXXV), with the singer backing out of the gig each time.

As for our favorite Madonna song? We're going with "Like A Prayer" with "Hung Up" a close second. Are you judging us? How dare you.

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