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Beyoncé is back! The Queen Bee herself is set to perform at the halftime show next month for Super Bowl 50. Beyoncé last appeared in the 2013 halftime show, where she reunited with her Destiny’s Child groupmates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
Pepsi, who has sponsored the last three halftime shows, confirmed Beyonce’s addition yesterday afternoon in an exclusive statement to Entertainment Tonight.
Last month, on the eve of their new album’s release, the NFL announced that Coldplay will also perform during the Super Bowl halftime show.
Their album, entitled A Head Full of Dreams, happens to feature Beyoncé on tracks “Hymn for the Weekend,” and “Up&Up,” at least one of which they will inevitably perform together during the show.
Bruno Mars, who headlined the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show, is also set to perform a few songs. A handful of other special guests are rumored to appear, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror reported last week that Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was in talks with both Beyoncé and Rihanna. Seeing as Rihanna appeared on a Coldplay track off their 2011 album Mylo Xyloto, entitled “Princess of China,” the odds are high that she’ll also perform as a special guest.
While no official collaborations between Beyoncé and Rihanna exist as of yet, Rihanna’s new album Anti has been rumored to feature a guest appearance by Beyoncé. A possible tracklist was leaked online yesterday, which did not include Beyoncé, but no word yet from Rihanna’s reps if it was the real thing.
Seeing as Coldplay just released an album, and Rihanna is about to release hers, will Beyoncé pull a Beyoncé and release another surprise album just in time for the Super Bowl?
Fans of all four artists are sure to be waiting with bated breath until Superbowl Sunday. Last year’s halftime show pulled in over 118 million viewers.
Super Bowl 50 airs live on CBS Sunday, February 7, 2016 from Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium at 3:30 PM PST/6:30 PM EST.