Break out the fireworks, jumbo bananas, spark-shooting bras and pure joy of unapologetic pop music:
According to multiple published reports, the reigning queen of Southern California pop and multiplatinum chanteuse will gig the coveted spot before a viewership that last year hit over 111 million people. She'll join past performers including
Perry, who rose to superstardom after her first hit, "I Kissed a Girl," which became an anthem of young desire in 2008, is one of the most successful pop stars in recent history. Her 2010 album, "Teenage Dream," is only the second album in Billboard chart history to amass five No. 1 singles; the other was
Perhaps more important from the
The league's response has alienated football's female fan base and, perhaps more pressing, advertisers who spend millions on TV spots during the Super Bowl. The game will air Feb. 1 on
Another glaring league misstep involved canceling a Rihanna appearance during a Thursday night football game, a move that seemed to some to punish the singer for her own experience being assaulted by her then-boyfriend,
Also rumored to be in the running were bland British rock band
Perry perhaps showed her hand when she appeared virtually out of the blue last week during ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast. During an interview, she was asked about a potential Super Bowl gig.
Her coy response? "I'm not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."
At least some football fans would rather she didn't, payment or not. Wrote one commenter at NBC Sports' site: "Yeah I'd much rather see Nickelback. They actually have good football songs like 'This Means War' and 'Burn It to the Ground.'"
The most common reaction, though, illustrates the uphill battle the league faces. Many commenters gunning for a Perry appearance had one hope: "wardrobe malfunction."