In August, reports started spreading that the NFL had asked Perry as well as Coldplay and Rihanna to perform the halftime show… with a catch. The NFL asked the performers if they’d be willing to offer a percentage of their future tour earnings or “some other type of financial contribution” to perform at the big game in February. The theory is that the exposure is so great, that artists should pay for some of it.
At the time, the league would neither confirm nor deny the allegations. “Our only goal with the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is to put on the best show for the millions of fans who watch,” Joanna Hunter, the NFL’s director of corporate communications, told TheWrap. “Our contract arrangements with artists are confidential.”
It would seem that Perry had decided against doing the performance during an appearance on Saturday morning on ESPN’s “College Game Day.”
“I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl,” Perry said, referring to the NFL’s offer.
As a performer, Perry’s super positive music would play well to family audiences watching the big game and attract viewers. She has sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Representatives for Perry and the NFL have not returned TheWrap’s requests for comment.