UPDATE// October 2nd:
Gaga's first promotional interview and video for her Super Bowl performance aired on Fox Sports today, featuring a recap of the singer's incredible career and new scenes of Gaga getting into a #Joanne frame of mind:
First promotional video for Lady Gaga's Pepsi Halftime Super Bowl performance. pic.twitter.com/xKuWkwQNq3
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 2, 2016
VIDEO: Lady Gaga talks about her Super Bowl performance on FOX pic.twitter.com/2LYIH2pGYY
— Lady Gaga Now (@LadyGagaNowNet) October 2, 2016
EARLIER // SEPTEMBER 29: It's official! Lady Gaga will headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5th, 2017.
"It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!", Gaga said.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016
Earlier this year when Gaga performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, she said it was "one of the highest honors of my career."
"I get a chance to sing for all the athletes — who have been working so hard their whole lives for this moment — the coaches, as well as the fans in the stands who are waiting for this moment. I think it marks what being an American is all about."
Gaga's new album Joanne is out October 21st.
UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 24: In case you weren't 100% convinced Gaga will take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Texas next February, NBC Sports is also reporting it's a done deal. "The announcement will come on Sunday during FOX’s NFL programming, probably during the pregame show."
We'll write an official confirmation story once it's blasted out, but in the mean time...
UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 22: Is she or isn't she? SHE IS! Initial reports from Us Weekly claimed Lady Gaga was confirmed to perform at next year's Super Bowl halftime show, but the NFL quickly issued a statement denying nothing was a done deal. Like they'd spill the beans this far in advanced on their own accord, but it's too much to ignore. SportsBusinessDaily claims an official announcement will take place on Sunday during its NFL programming, "most likely during its pregame show."
UPDATE // SEPTEMBER 18: Despite US Weekly's report, Natalie Ravitz, senior vice president of communications for the NFL sent out a tweet, calling out US Weekly for faulty reporting and denying the booking. "We've had conversations w several fantastic artists about SB Halftime Show but no final decision," she wrote. Read the tweet below!
.@usweekly ignored my on record response: we've had conversations w several fantastic artists about SB Halftime Show but no final decision
— Natalie Ravitz (@NFLNatalie) September 18, 2016
Lady Gaga will take center stage at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show next year.
Reports swirled earlier this week claiming Lady Gaga was offered the coveted spot at the 51st annual football championship event at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on February 5, 2017, and though Mother Monster hasn't confirmed the news herself, but Us Weekly is reporting it's a done deal.
"One of the main reasons for why the NFL is said to be hot on the singer was her performance of the National Anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl," Billboard previously reported.
Naturally, the NFL won't confirm or deny. "We have had conversations with several fantastic artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, at this point we do not have a final decision," said an NFL rep. "We’re happy there is so much excitement about the show."
Gaga was asked during her "Perfect Illusion" promo tour if she'd consider performing at the Super Bowl. "Absolutely," she said, and mentioned bringing her album collaborators Mark Ronson, Florence Welch, and Beck on stage if she did.
Mother Monster has a huge catalogue to choose from, and the experience to back it up. Perfect choice. Perfect illusion.