Update, 11/23: Bob Costas just announced Perry would be playing the Super Bowl halftime show during Sunday Night Football, and the pop star confirmed it as was reported about a month and a half ago.
Katy Perry is on top of the football world. Just a few days after calling Ole Miss' upset win over Alabama on College GameDay, reports dropped that Perry will perform at Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix.
Reports come from Page 6 as well as Billboard. Rumors had leaked that unlike in previous years, the NFL would ask performers to play at this year's Super Bowl, causing Perry to say that she was "not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl."
It's not clear if Perry or the NFL caved, but we're pretty sure both parties will be okay with the arrangement: The NFL wins by having an pop sensation whose last two albums have hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts, and Perry wins by appearing on the most-watched event of the year.
Perry had long been a dark horse candidate to play the biggest performance slot in American pop culture, and now we know that the California girl will be the one crowds will roar for. We're unconditionally excited about the fireworks she has in store. Part of me had hoped that Perry would earn the coveted slot when her name was part of early rumors, but I was worried: The NFL's "this is how we do things" attitude about making performers pay clearly had Perry hot and cold, and we were somewhat concerned that mutual stubbornness would turn the hypothetical Super Bowl halftime show performance into the one that got away.