It's Official: Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl XLVI Halftime

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We may not know which two football teams are playing Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis but we now know who will be rocking the stage during the halftime show.

Confirming a not-so-well-kept secret, the NFL and NBC announced during tonight’s Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game that Grammy Award-winning singer Madonna will indeed be the featured halftime performer.

The Material Girl will collaborate with Cirque Du Soleil and Jamie King for the gig. Not so coincidentally, her new film W.E.. which she directed, co-wrote and produced, will open nationally on February 3, two days prior to Super Bowl XLVI . The romantic drama, which has received mixed reviews at best, is based on King Edward VIII's abdication of the British throne for American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Madge is also recording an album that’s slated to be released in 2012.

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While most tune in to the Super Bowl for the football, there  are many who are in it for the commercials and the halftime show. In fact, the Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical event of the year, with more than 162 million in the U.S. watching The Black Eyed Peas' performance with Slash and Usher in Dallas last February.

A world class entertainer, singer and songwriter, 53-year-old Madonna is a cultural icon who has sold more than 300 million records in the course of her three decade career.  She is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee whose last tour was the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. But is she relevant for this venue?

Now that the entertainment is set, the focus switches back to who will play the big game. Green Bay's Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh last February was a great contest and while a rematch would be a big draw, there are a handful of other teams who have a legit shot including the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and 49ers who were the first to clinch a playoff spot.

Do you think Madonna was a good choice for the NFL? Any guesses on which teams will take the field in February? Who are your picks both on and off the field?



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