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Report: Lady Gaga in talks for Super Bowl LI halftime

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Lady Gaga sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images) Getty Images

Adele wasn’t interested. Lady Gaga apparently is.

According to Billboard.com, the artist born as Stefani Germonatta is in talks with the NFL to serve as halftime entertainment at Super Bowl LI. The league’s interest in her arises from a memorable performance of the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 50.

“We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show,” a league representative told Billboard.com. “However, at this point we do not have a final decision. We’re happy there is so much excitement about the show.”

There really isn’t “excitement” about the show. More than anything, people are curious about whether the league will find a true A-list performer, or whether Pepsi and the NFL will use the platform to partner with an up-and-coming act or a fading star in the hopes of turning the sound of music into the chiming of a cash register.

Previously, the Wall Street Journal reported that the league had been seeking a piece of the lift that the halftime performer gets from singing and dancing in front of more than 100 million people. It’s unclear whether the NFL has insisted on such terms. It would surprise no one to learn that it has.

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  1. finsphan says: Sep 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    Great, I’m sure we would all love to hear her views on this country and her political stance for a week. Especially when she breaks out into a PC speech mid performance. Can’t wait……

  2. therealtrenches says: Sep 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    That’s either a picture of Robot Lady Gaga…or Mannequin Lady Gaga, can’t be sure which.

  3. BoulderPhinfan says: Sep 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    excuse me while I go throw up.

  4. laces out says: Sep 14, 2016 12:49 PM

    I don’t want it but since the recent trend, I’ve felt like it’s been inevitable

  5. dickshotdogs says: Sep 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    I was just about to say “Lord, please no.” But, after seeing her hand over her heart, and more than likely during The National Anthem, I’m all for it. Obviously a truly grateful and respectable American. Thank you, Lady Gaga.

  6. nole53 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    Great–now I know who I’m muting this year..,

  7. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Sep 14, 2016 12:51 PM

    I never watch the halftime show anyway, doesn’t matter to me.

  8. doug1grohlin says: Sep 14, 2016 12:52 PM

    Metallica needs to do this…

  9. whoknowsnothing says: Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    Would like to see Gun’s and Rose’s at the halftime show, they have been awesome during their current tour!!!!

  10. shogunassasin30 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    I miss when the league catered to its core demographic..

  11. drunkraider says: Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    another half time show to NOT watch. its almost like half time of a football game isnt for football fans.

  12. iamkillerfin says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    ANOTHER CRAPPY HALFTIME SHOW!!!

  13. skoobyfl says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    This is a real american horror story.

  14. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    i rather listen to bob costas talk nonsense for 40 minutes

  15. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    I hereby offer my talents for the halftime show to share how we Wiscos can wield a Vegamatic. Slice and dice!

  16. therealraider says: Sep 14, 2016 12:55 PM

    She’s a shock artist. Can’t wait for the inevitable controversy. Next year it will probably be Miley Cyrus.

  17. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    I hope she does it! Just so we don’t have to read another stupid story about the Halftime show of a game next year.

  18. possumsauce says: Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    Just bring back MIA again, what could go wrong?

  19. iowahbr says: Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    We understand that she has promised to not kneel during the National Anthem

  20. newmancave2016 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    She can wear some of the concessions as a meat dress and then sell them in the stands afterwards!

  21. liondoc says: Sep 14, 2016 12:59 PM

    I will probably need a bathroom break at that point, so …good choice

  22. RussianBreadMaker says: Sep 14, 2016 1:00 PM

    What an awful pairing.

  23. shaggytoodle says: Sep 14, 2016 1:01 PM

    While this gal may not be the football fans chiice, she is VERY talented, and the NFL know anyone posting here will watch the Suoerbowl, these moves are often to get NON football fans to enjoy the game or at least part of the festivities. WhIle there a tons of options that I would prefer. There are tons or worse ones too, and at least she has some talent.

  24. destructicus says: Sep 14, 2016 1:04 PM

    During her second album this would have been perfect, but the Superbowl halftime show always gets artists past their prime.

    If I’m going by the common public response to this news, it sounds like most people want Clint Eastwood to grab a guitar and git to singing.

  25. infectorman says: Sep 14, 2016 1:08 PM

    If Metallica did this 1/2 time show, I would lose all respect for them.

    The SB 1/2 time show is for:
    Old English /70s band rockers who need hearing aids, bubble gum girlie girl pop acts like Cold Play and Rap “Bands” that really have 1 person heading the show instead of an actual, ya know, Band.

    That’s it.

  26. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 1:08 PM

    shogunassasin30 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM
    I miss when the league catered to its core demographic..

    And that would be??? I think I might be one of them.

    What would you like to hear/see at halftime? I care about this as much as I care about the pregame/postgame shows.

    Maybe we can have a passing competition with balls of various inflation levels? How about a headhunting clinic by a few guys in orange shirts? Trip This! with Mike Tomlin? Bragging clinic by Rexy? Whining Clinic by Harbaugh.

    The possibilities are endless.

  27. theageofquarrel says: Sep 14, 2016 1:09 PM

    He is going to rock it a half time!!!!

  28. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 14, 2016 1:09 PM

    Awesome choice!!

  29. atmountaintime says: Sep 14, 2016 1:12 PM

    Van Halen

  30. maddenisfordorks says: Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    They should just have a legit marching band.

    The pop “star” garbage they’ve thrown up all over us over the past decade makes me change the channel, or do chores during half time.

  31. codytha035 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    Note to PFT Commenters: the halftime show isn’t for you anyway.

    That said, this is awesome. She did a bang up job on the anthem last year.

  32. 69finfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:15 PM

    Maybe she’ll bring in The Stones for a Gimme Shelter rendition.

  33. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    As long as she brings Tony Bennett and is smart enough to let him do all the singing, then I like this choice.

  34. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 14, 2016 1:19 PM

    Disgusting. NFL fans dont care about Gaga.

    If the NFL doesn’t get the reunited Guns N Roses with Axl, Slash, and Duff they’re insane and tasteless.

    It’s the best live show out there right now.

  35. kinghasnorings says: Sep 14, 2016 1:20 PM

    She’s a dude!

  36. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:21 PM

    The league’s interest in her arises from a memorable performance of the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 50.
    ——————————————————————————–
    It was?
    Because I forgot all about it.
    They all sound the same to me.

    If you want to make it memorable, then do it the way Rosanne did more than 20 years ago.

  37. dvdman123 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:26 PM

    Now talk about stale bread…..hello NFL come on now you can better than that. I can’t even what song she sang that was popular.

  38. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:27 PM

    I bet the half time show producers will check the lyrics from now on after the controversy of Beyonce’s song last SB.

  39. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:28 PM

    The only way to make these memorable or famous and talked about is to have a “wardrobe malfunction.”

  40. firecracker87 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:28 PM

    NO

  41. a1b24312 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:28 PM

    How about an instrumentalist? (if we actually have to suffer these halftime programs)

  42. bigotshamer says: Sep 14, 2016 1:29 PM

    There is no denying her talent as a vocalist. However, this is not the gig for her. On the other hand, I would love to grill one of those meat dresses on SuperBowl Sunday.

  43. dickshotdogs says: Sep 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    Dude looks like a lady…….

  44. a1b24312 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    Or how about of Texas western swing, seeing as it will be in Houston?

  45. corvettehigh says: Sep 14, 2016 1:32 PM

    Don’t worry, by the time this rolls around, I am certain it will be something like Lady Gaga with Tom Petty and Kelly Pickler.

    They can’t let one artist be awful on their own , they have to mash it up with some random new act and an some old timer.

  46. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:34 PM

    Anybody can to the SB 1/2 time show since they all lip synch anyway.

  47. artemidorus says: Sep 14, 2016 1:34 PM

    Half-time show isn’t for people reading the comments on Pro Football Talk. 99% us will watch the Super Bowl.

    Half-time show is to get the part of America that doesn’t like football to watch and bring the ratings up even higher. Like it or not, those people love Lady Gaga.

    Never expect to like a half-time show. Ever.

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:35 PM

    “Would like to see Gun’s and Rose’s at the halftime show, they have been awesome during their current tour!!!!”

    Lolz Axl is so chronically late he would not even be in the sradium before the game is over. Then he’d be wondering why nobody waited for him

    Most of you have probably never listened to Gaga’s music or seen her perform live. She puts on a good solid live performance.

  49. greenwhodat26 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:35 PM

    snapcracklepopfart – They most definitely are not. Tool’s absolute worst show is better than GnR’s greatest. By 10 miles.

  50. conciselogic says: Sep 14, 2016 1:35 PM

    While this gal may not be the football fans chiice, she is VERY talented, and the NFL know anyone posting here will watch the Suoerbowl, these moves are often to get NON football fans to enjoy the game or at least part of the festivities. WhIle there a tons of options that I would prefer. There are tons or worse ones too, and at least she has some talent
    ——————————–

    Nope, she is awful.

    Anyone who has to resort to ridiculous outfits to sell their music is obviously lacking for talent. However the brain dead American idol loving lemmings of this country think she is a god.

    It gives non fans something to watch. Real football fans take a break from the tv and don’t watch the halftime show anyway so who really cares?

  51. cacheesehead1237 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:37 PM

    #1 reason to skip halftime

  52. waldoampere says: Sep 14, 2016 1:44 PM

    “Anyone who has to resort to ridiculous outfits to sell their music is obviously lacking for talent.”

    Guess you don’t remember Elton John or David Bowie.

  53. usedjock says: Sep 14, 2016 1:46 PM

    I haven’t watched the half time show in years so makes no difference to me.

  54. firecracker87 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    The only way I’d watch this is if she returned the kickoff after halftime.

  55. salscobrakai says: Sep 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    I’m sorry but why didn’t they call Metallica’s manager? Heck, I’d even take non-Steve Perry Journey over Lady Gaga.

  56. Centered00 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:58 PM

    Please. No. Not Lady Gag.

  57. bobthebillsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    I think Pepsi should bring in the The Righteous Brothers and have them sing a song for 345 Park Avenue.

    You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…..

  58. captainwhodat says: Sep 14, 2016 2:00 PM

    Special showing of American Gothic…the Silver Bells Killer strikes the NFL Super Bowl…

  59. charger383 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:01 PM

    pair her with David Allen Coe

  60. fwippel says: Sep 14, 2016 2:01 PM

    Another Super Bowl halftime show I’ll be sure to miss.

    It’d be really nice if the empty suits in the NFL offices understood that most of their fan base is not made up of teeny-boopers and adolescent boys with a crush on pop-stars.

  61. shaggytoodle says: Sep 14, 2016 2:02 PM

    conciselogic says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:35

    Nope, she is awful.

    Anyone who has to resort to ridiculous outfits to sell their music is obviously lacking for talent.
    _________
    She did a great job with the anthem last year, much better than Christina Aguilera and others “who must be talented cuz they dress normal”

    Some musicians believe when they perform it should be more than just music, She wasn’t the first as I believe Screamin’ Jay Hawkin’s was a Pioneer inspiring others like Alice Cooper and Kiss.

    Judging a Musician by how they dress, would be like judging a Supermodel by how well they sing.

  62. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 2:04 PM

    firecracker87 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    The only way I’d watch this is if she returned the kickoff after halftime.
    ————————————————————————
    In high heels? Yeah, I wanna see that to.

  63. packmanfan says: Sep 14, 2016 2:05 PM

    bobthebillsfan says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    I think Pepsi should bring in the The Righteous Brothers and have them sing a song for 345 Park Avenue.

    You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…..
    —————————————————————————
    One of them died.
    But that’s OK.
    Bring in the surviving one and have him lip sync with a cardboard cutout of the dearly departed and no one will know the difference since they are all a bunch of lip syncing cardboard cutouts anyway.

  64. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 14, 2016 2:11 PM

    Will she be advocating the killing of cops also?

  65. genericuser8888 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:11 PM

    You know, Guns N’ Roses are back together, and they already sound out that football stadium on their own once this year… seems like a no-brainer to hire them.

    Why get someone who plays basketball coliseums when you can get someone who sells out football stadiums by themselves?

  66. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 14, 2016 2:12 PM

    Nothing says football or it’s fan base like Lady Gaga….

    SMH

  67. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:14 PM

    drunkraider says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    another half time show to NOT watch. its almost like half time of a football game isnt for football fans.
    ————————-

    It isn’t. It’s for all of those people that obsess over the Super Bowl commercials.

  68. abninf says: Sep 14, 2016 2:20 PM

    Let me guess, she’ll sing “born this way” *sigh*

  69. crush22 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:22 PM

    No God! Please No………NO…..NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    ~The Office

  70. conciselogic says: Sep 14, 2016 2:29 PM

    Screamin’ Jay Hawkin’s was a Pioneer inspiring others like Alice Cooper and Kiss n

    ——————-
    Really? Kiss and Alice Cooper were both terrible.
    Never heard of screaming Jay Hawkins.

    Elton John and Bowie were great musicians and used the crazy outfits as part of their acts but didn’t have to resort to them to get famous.

    Just my opinion but lady Gaga is a hack and all the money in the world still hasnt made her even close to attractive.

  71. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 14, 2016 2:29 PM

    Between last years show that advocates Cop killing, protests by multi millionaire athletes, half time shows that are not in tune with the fan base, and the NFL punishing pot smokers harder than wife beaters….

    I’m starting to lose interest.

    I have been a die hard fan since 1970.

    The NFL is becoming MTV. Not the old MTV, the new crappy one…

  72. ibillwt says: Sep 14, 2016 2:38 PM

    Terrible choice. But so what, like Belichick says “we didn’t come for the concert.”

  73. coltzfan166 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:42 PM

    I don’t understand why they won’t give AC/DC a call. Their songs are always played in sporting venues and are a big enough band to draw millions of viewers. Perfect football music for me

  74. kemp13 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:43 PM

    “She’s a shock artist. Can’t wait for the inevitable controversy.”

    CLEARLY you haven’t been paying attention. She’s spent the past two years touring with Tony Bennett singing duets. She’s a class act.

  75. brenenostler says: Sep 14, 2016 2:45 PM

    drunkraider says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    another half time show to NOT watch. its almost like half time of a football game isnt for football fans.
    ____________________________________

    You nailed it. The game is for the fans and the halftime show is for the fake fans (mostly women) that watch football once a year. Lord Goodell wants as many viewers as possible.

  76. brenenostler says: Sep 14, 2016 2:50 PM

    I wish they would pick singers who are native to that area. For example, this year the show is in Houston. George Strait would’ve been perfect. Last year, Metallica would’ve been great in San Fran, and so on. But now it’s all about finding a super commercially successful pop singer that will put on a “show.” Taylor Swift will be next.

  77. trollaikman8 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:55 PM

    I for one welcome our SJW overlords.

  78. jag1959 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:07 PM

    ariani must be ecstatic

  79. autumnwind999 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:07 PM

    Really wish they got Guns & Roses. Saw them this summer and it was incredible.
    I know the league is trying to appeal to casual/non-football fans with these picks, and Lady Gaga is actually a better fit than Adele for sure, but it would be nice if the league just once in awhile would throw its core fans a bone instead of the double-bird.

  80. vanmorrissey says: Sep 14, 2016 3:08 PM

    Great, good time to walk the dogs so not missing anything.

  81. suggzz says: Sep 14, 2016 3:13 PM

    I don’t get this. Guns N Roses just did a US tour selling out NFL STADIUMS and the NFL thinks “Well, Lady Gaga is a good idea…” Seriously? Do they play Pokerface before kickoff at most games or is it Welcome to the Jungle?

    What. The. Hell.

    Get GnR.

  82. philtration says: Sep 14, 2016 3:18 PM

    doug1grohlin says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:52 PM
    Metallica needs to do this…
    ===================================

    I would like to have seen that…. in 1992

  83. bombacim says: Sep 14, 2016 3:25 PM

    METALLICA – New album. Blew the roof off the new Metrodome. This should be a no brainer for the NFL. But we have to try to bring in new viewers. WHY? At least take a poll who you would rather see.

  84. mascadcar says: Sep 14, 2016 3:26 PM

    Guns N’ Roses & AXL/DC would be epic

  85. rcali says: Sep 14, 2016 3:31 PM

    Well, maybe, possibly, she won’t be celebrating the Black Panthers during her performance like Jay Z’s wife? I mean she does wear cold cuts for clothes.

  86. esracerx46 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:47 PM

    Led Zeppelin with Dave Grohl or Jason Bonham on drums.

    Or Jack white

  87. GronkLikePizza says: Sep 14, 2016 4:12 PM

    shaggytoodle says:

    While this gal may not be the football fans chiice, she is VERY talented, and the NFL know anyone posting here will watch the Suoerbowl, these moves are often to get NON football fans to enjoy the game or at least part of the festivities. WhIle there a tons of options that I would prefer. There are tons or worse ones too, and at least she has some talent.
    ——————————————-

    Totally agree with this – and I’m off to see SLAYER this weekend!

  88. steelerfanjo says: Sep 14, 2016 4:15 PM

    The NFL is actually trying to ruin their game!

  89. stairwaytoharvin says: Sep 14, 2016 4:29 PM

    Of she’s in the running, she’s an illuminati puppet and they always get the halftime shows these days.

  90. shaggytoodle says: Sep 14, 2016 4:29 PM

    conciselogic says:
    Sep 14, 2016 2:29 PM
    Really? Kiss and Alice Cooper were both terrible.
    Just my opinion but lady Gaga is a hack and all the money in the world still hasnt made her even close to attractive
    _____
    You are entitled to your opinion, but I am going to disagee with it because this is now the second time you have used what she wears or how attractive she is to knock her down… I am not a big fan of her still either but i still respect her game.

  91. destructicus says: Sep 14, 2016 4:36 PM

    I’m just gonna throw this out there and see what people think:

    Smashing Pumpkins

    -Like other acts of the past at one point decades before their (potential) Superbowl halftime performance they were at one time arguably the biggest band in the world.

    -Billy Corgan is the president of a wrestling company, and is a massive Chicago Cubs fan. He understands sports.

    -Cherub Rock is a great song for sports. It just drives.

    -The original lineup is discussing reuniting (though this shouldn’t matter as long as Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlin are present).

    -Jimmy Chamberlin is one of the best rock drummers. I saw them play last summer and they FINALLY played a greatest hits tour. It was amazing.

    Cherub Rock. Bullet With Butterfly Wings. Zero. Tonight Tonight. Today. 1979. Everlasting Gaze. There’s your set. All killer songs.

  92. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 14, 2016 4:40 PM

    what happen to Pantera?

  93. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 14, 2016 4:41 PM

    “Tool’s absolute worst show is better than GnR’s greatest. By 10 miles.”

    Tool is awesome. But GnR’s audience is 10 times bigger. And their music is far more fitting the atomsphere of the superbowl.

  94. doctormantistoboggan says: Sep 14, 2016 4:42 PM

    Artie Lange. 20 minutes of stand-up. Boom.

  95. gdanzig2013 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:49 PM

    I would much rather see a Weird Al Yankovic half time show. I’m serious…..I would actually watch that half time show and not change the channel.

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