Britney Spears says she ‘would probably do’ Super Bowl halftime show
While there’s been no indication the NFL has asked her about it, Britney Spears mentioned during a recent interview she’d be interested in performing in the halftime show at Super Bowl LI.
The 34-year-old pop star was promoting her upcoming new album on BBC Radio 1 this week when she was asked if she’d accept an offer to take the stage at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 7.
“Yes, I would probably do that,” she said, via Billboard.
The immediate and pertinent question, however, is whether the NFL would even be interested in her headlining the show. After all, it’s not like Spears’ name carries the same allure and cache it did 10-plus years ago. It’s unclear at least at this stage of the game whether Spears has what it takes to merit consideration to perform at such a prestigious event, let alone headline it.
But that hasn’t stopped Spears from trying to create a buzz about a potential slot at the halftime show. She took to Twitter Thursday to essentially campaign for the opportunity.
Performance lineup this year is huge!
3. @AppleMusic Festival
4. @iHeartRadio Festival
What's next? @SuperBowl perhaps?
— Britney Spears (@bntneyspears) August 25, 2016
It merits noting that Spears has taken the stage at Super Bowl halftime show in the past, albeit not as the headliner. She joined Aerosmith, ‘NSYNC, Nelly and Mary J. Blige at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. While that performance has been heralded as one of the best halftime shows in Super Bowl history, Spears’ star power certainly has fallen a bit in the years that have followed.
But with Adele unequivocally stating she’s not interested at all in performing at Super Bowl LI’s halftime show — although there seems to be some disagreement over whether she actually was offered it — an open spot remains for the headliner. Will it be Britney Spears? Never say never — and no disrespect intended to Ms. Spears — but the case can be made that the NFL should aim a little higher.