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Before deciding on Katy Perry to headline this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, the NFL floated the idea of asking potential acts to pay for the gig. Incidentally, Perry was one of the most adamant critics of the idea, saying at the time, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.” In a new interview, the pop singer maintains she did not give in to the NFL’s request.
“I put my foot down very early in the courtship,” Perry explains in a new interview with The Associated Press. “I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand.’ I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print,” adding, “I don’t even care if my contract leaks. I have nothing to hide, basically.”
Perry’s Halftime Show will last 12 minutes and consist of two different “worlds.” (At some point, Lenny Kravitz will also make a cameo.) Perry says, “I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirits, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework’, so maybe there is no better person [for the show] … Hopefully I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people through the performance.”
Super Bowl XLIX will take place February 1st at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona.