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During a commercial break from last night's Sunday Night Football, NBC officially confirmed that Madonna will play the halftime show at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, airing Sunday, Feb. 5, on NBC. Watch the announcement here:
As the teaser reminds the non-sports-savvy set, the teams have yet to be picked for the actual game, but rest assured, "one legend is taking the field for the first time ever." As a through-the-years montage rolls to the Queen of Pop's hit "Music," it's announced: Madonna will rock "America's biggest stage."
Shortly after, Madonna's website posted a statement that read, "We are happy to confirm that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5, as announced during tonight's game on NBC!"
When rumors emerged a few months ago that Madonna might play the Super Bowl, it seemed hard to believe that she'd never done so before. She is certainly just as iconic as former Super Bowl performers like Britney Spears, U2 and Paul McCartney. And her pop-star glory easily outshines last year's performers, The Black Eyed Peas. Has she been considered too controversial for the family-friendly, highest-rated TV show of the year? If so, NBC must have had a change of heart.
Chances are, the network realized that Madonna's high profile was worth the risk. Barring any nip slips or other wardrobe malfunctions, she isn't likely to stage anything too outrageous, anyway. For the sure-to-be spectacle, she's partnering with Cirque du Soleil, which implies that the show will be more acrobatic than racy. And frankly, Cirque du Soleil tends to be riveting entertainment all on its own.
Plus she's 53 now -- hardly a Material Girl anymore, and her latest project is the relatively serious dramatic film, W.E. The movie, which she cowrote and directed, is about the relationship of King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the women for whom he abdicated the throne. Not surprisingly, Madge knows a little something about cross promotion: the film hits theaters a convenient two days before the Super Bowl. She's also dropping an album later in 2012.
So, will Madonna be giving viewers some family-friendly fun or will she opt for her old-school antics? We're pretty sure it'll be the former, but we can bet on one thing -- NBC will be more than ready to censor the diva in case there are any slip-ups!