The National Football League has finally caved in and addressed growing rumors about JAY-Z turning down A Super Bowl halftime performance opportunity. With gossip intensifying, the NFL is providing some clarity in the situation.
According to the NFL, it has yet to even make a decision on who they want to bless the championship event’s stage.
“No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” the NFL said in a statement on Wednesday. “Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.” (Statement)
This week, a report surfaced about Young Hov allegedly turning down a chance to cash-in on the big showcase.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: ‘Lots of people have been saying Jay will perform with Justin Timberlake, but it is simply not the case. ‘He has enough songs to create an incredible performance but he really has no plans to do the half-time show.’ (Metro)
Earlier this month, JAY dedicated his “The Story of O.J.” song to NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick during a Meadows Music Arts Festival set.
”I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said of ”The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson. ”I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, ”4:44.” (Fox Sports)
Last year, pop superstar Lady Gaga made history with her Super Bowl halftime set.
The NFL is likely seeking a big star to equal or surpass the performance given by Lady Gaga at Super Bowl LI. That performance, when counting viewers across all platforms, is the “most-watched musical event of all time,” according to the NFL. Jay Z’s wife, you may know her as Beyonce, has performed during the Super Bowl halftime show twice in recent years, doing so by herself (with a brief Destiny’s Child reunion) in 2013 and joining Coldplay and Bruno Mars in 2016. (Click 2 Houston)