Los Angeles - Pop diva Lady Gaga will headline the half-time show at Super Bowl LI in Houston in February.
Giving a nod to her latest single "Perfect Illusion," she wrote on
Twitter: "It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year's Super
Bowl goes Gaga!"
After the six-time Grammy winner broke the news, organizers promised
in a release posted on NFL.com that the announcement "is just the
beginning" of what promises to be a "historic" half-time show.
Gaga will follow Coldplay, who headlined at Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in February.
Bruno Mars and Beyonce also performed, with Beyonce's "Formation"
performance prompting criticism from some quarters for its comment on
No other acts have been confirmed so far, but that's likely to change
before the National Football League's annual championship extravaganza.
The Who were the last half-time headliners who had no supporting stars, in 2010.
Gaga is the latest in a string of female superstars to get the Super
Bowl nod in the past five years, joining Madonna, Beyonce - who
headlined in 2013 - and Katy Perry.
It won't be her first taste of the Super Bowl. She delivered a scintillating "Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 50.
That game, a 24-10 Denver Broncos victory over the Carolina Panthers,
was the third most-watched in the Super Bowl's history, averaging 111.9
million total viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings service.
Viewership peaked at 115.5 million from 20:30-21:00 Eastern Time - for the half-time show.