Despite all of the rumor and speculation that’s flown around over the past few weeks, Adele is not going to headline this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. During her concert Saturday in Los Angeles, the “Hello” singer addressed the reports head-on while explaining why she would be a bad fit for the event.
“I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” she said. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really…I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.”
— Adele France (@AdeleSourceFR) August 14, 2016
The rumor that Adele had been tapped by the NFL to perform at the most-watched event of the year began with a report from the English publication The Sun, which stated that “organizers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up.” They added, “She’s sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers.”
Whoever the NFL eventually taps to take over the half time show this year certainly has their work cut out for them. Last year’s event was considered by all to be an unmitigated success. While nominal headliners Coldplay didn’t inspire the most enthusiastic reaction, the memory of Beyoncé busting out her song “Formation” less than 24 hours after surprise releasing it out of nowhere won’t soon be forgotten. And who could possibly forget Katy Perry’s over-the-top production featuring a very confused Left Shark the year before that?