Get ready to hear “Firework” puns from now through February—pop queen Katy Perry has officially signed onto play the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on February 1, 2015 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. The multi-platinum Perry beat out pal Rihanna and English rock group Coldplay, also considered to be in the running, for the honor. This year’s road to a halftime act was a little controversial—the NFL considered asking artists to “pay to play” and give a financial contribution to take the stage at football’s biggest event. All of the acts balked at the idea—after all, doesn’t the NFL make enough money as it is—and it seems that Perry will not be paying. The NFL does not typically compensate the artists who play the show, though they do usually cover travel expenses. The halftime show has only grown in popularity since its inception—last year’s show featured Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and brought in 115.3 million pairs of eyes to the screen. The game—a lousy one between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks—brought in only 112.2 million viewers.

Katy Perry came into the spotlight with her 2007 sophomore release, One of the Boys, which spawned hits like “I Kissed A Girl”. Teenage Dream, Perry’s third album, became the first album by a female artist to produce five straight No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and only the second overall to do so after Michael’s Jackson’s Bad.

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