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Lady Gaga Is Not Having It With Body Shamers

'I'm proud of my body,' she writes after Super Bowl performance

(Newser) - Whether Lady Gaga made a political statement was one big topic of conversation following her Super Bowl performance . Another? How she looked. "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours... More »

Did Lady Gaga Pull a Fast One at the Super Bowl?

Opening with 'This Land Is Your Land' may have been political 'dog whistle'

(Newser) - Despite anticipation that Lady Gaga would make some kind of political statement during the Super Bowl halftime show, the pop star appeared to play nice , a performance of the LGBT-friendly "Born This Way" aside. Even prominent conservatives hailed her "apolitical" show, the Washington Post notes, with tweeted praise... More »

Single Computer Operated Fleet of Drones for Gaga Show

300 drones formed shapes in sky

(Newser) - The opening of Lady Gaga's halftime show at the Super Bowl featured an amazing sight you can expect to see more of in the future: a fleet of 300 drones lighting up the sky and transforming into an American flag. The drones, dubbed the "Shooting Stars," did... More »

Beyonce Backlash: 'Race-Baiting' Act Spawns a Protest

Protest planned for Feb. 16 outside NFL's NYC headquarters

(Newser) - Red Lobster may be one of Beyonce's newest fans , but her Super Bowl halftime performance—which featured Bey and entourage dressed in Black Panther-like attire dancing in an "X" shape in tribute to Malcolm X, Time notes—is being slammed as "hate speech" and is now the... More »

Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Beyonce Dazzle at Bowl

Halftime show is up-tempo, colorful, and kinda crazed

(Newser) - Coldplay kicked off a jubilant and colorful Super Bowl halftime show with lead singer Chris Martin appearing to spend most of the time in mid-air, the Guardian reports. They performed "Yellow," "Viva La Vida," and "Adventure of a Lifetime" as people around them played violins,... More »

America Groans Over NFL's Pick for Super Bowl Headliner

Coldplay is 'dull, soulless dad rock'

(Newser) - Coldplay will try to outshine Left Shark, er, Katy Perry during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. The NFL has named the British band the musical headliner of the big game on Feb. 7, per the Wall Street Journal . The show will come two months after the release of Coldplay'... More »

'Left Shark' Vendor Faces Katy Perry's Legal Wrath

Singer not happy about Fernando Sosa's Super Bowl sculpture

(Newser) - The latest viral meme comes to us courtesy of Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime performance: "Left Shark," a reference to one of the dancers in a shark costume behind Perry as she sang "Teenage Dream" who did not appear to actually know the dance quite as... More »

Katy Perry's Post-Super Bowl Activity: XLIX Tattoo

Plus: Did she or did she not diss Taylor Swift?

(Newser) - Katy Perry will never forget performing at last night's 49th Super Bowl—because after her halftime show was over, she got XLIX tattooed on her finger, the Daily Mail reports. "I thought it would be appropriate to draw blood tonight," Perry captioned an Instagram picture of the... More »

Katy Perry Lets Out 'Roar' at Halftime

But did she diss Taylor Swift?

(Newser) - Did Katy Perry diss Taylor Swift , or just let out a huge roar? The pop princess emerged for her Super Bowl halftime show in a flaming dress riding an enormous mechanical beast and singing her hit song "Roar," reports the New York Times' Super Bowl Blog . As she... More »

Katy Perry's Halftime Plan: Diss Taylor Swift?

Super Bowl halftime buzz centers around catty drama

(Newser) - Katy Perry is this year's Super Bowl halftime performer—and the big question is whether Perry will diss Taylor Swift during her performance Sunday. As Time recounts, Swift's recent song "Bad Blood" is reportedly about Perry; Swift hasn't said so specifically, but she admitted in a... More »

Next Super Bowl Halftime Star: Katy Perry

NBC confirms 'Roar' singer will headline Feb. 1

(Newser) - Katy Perry will join the exclusive club of stars to take the stage at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1, NBC confirmed last night, in what the AP calls the fourth pick in a row aimed at younger performers and audiences. It's also a savvy pick, writes... More »

Next Super Bowl Act Said She Wasn't That 'Kind of Girl'

Katy Perry said she wouldn't pay to play halftime show

(Newser) - Billboard last night broke the news that, based on sources, the 2015 Super Bowl halftime performer will be neither Rihanna nor Coldplay but ... Katy Perry. Which is interesting, because when she appeared on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday, as Rolling Stone notes, Perry talked about the fact that... More »

NFL to Would-Be Halftime Acts: Pay Up

League looking for money, with Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna the finalists

(Newser) - Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna: One of them will headline next year's Super Bowl halftime show, and it might just come down to whoever is willing to shell out for the privilege. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Wall Street Journal reports that the NFL, in... More »

Quest to Squash Beyonce Photos a Hilarious Failure

Rep wanted them removed from BuzzFeed

(Newser) - Pro tip for celebrity publicists: If you try to get a website to remove "unflattering" pictures of your client, it won't end well. Case in point: Beyonce's rep contacted BuzzFeed after the site ran the 33 "fiercest" photos from her Super Bowl halftime show, complaining that... More »

Next Super Bowl May Not Have Halftime Show...

...because it could be too cold for one: report

(Newser) - Don't start placing bets on who will play next year's halftime show: There may not even be one. The next Super Bowl, set for New Jersey's Meadowlands stadium, will mark the first time the big game will be open to potentially frigid temps—and it may be... More »

Beyonce Brings 'A Game' to Halftime Show

Initial reaction is thumbs up

(Newser) - Beyonce's halftime show is over, and, surprise, surprise, it was quite the extravaganza. As expected, she reunited with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. Some initial reaction:
  • "Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!-mo" That'
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This Season's Super Bowl Halftime Show: Beyonce

And the Golden Globes will be hosted by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler

(Newser) - Beyoncé sang the national anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl, but she has yet to perform at the iconic halftime show—until 2013, according to an AP source who says she's slated to take the stage this time around. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. This season's Super... More »

Supreme Court May Rule on 'Wardrobe Malfunction'

FCC wants its $550,000 fine against CBS reinstated

(Newser) - The infamous 2004 Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction may make it all the way to the Supreme Court. The FCC filed an appeal to the high court today, asking it to reconsider a decision by a lower court that threw out a $550,000 fine the FCC levied against CBS, reports... More »

MIA Flips Bird in Super Bowl Halftime Show

Apparently she cusses, too, just like in song's original version

(Newser) - What would a Super Bowl halftime show be without a pop star doing something fairly outrageous? But halftime queen Madonna wasn't this year's provoker; it was her guest star—political dance maven MIA, who ended her performance during Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin" by flipping... More »

Madonna's Payment for Halftime Show? $0

...As has pretty much everyone who's ever done it

(Newser) - How much does it cost to book a world-famous musical act like Madonna? Not a dime, if you're organizing the Super Bowl. The Material Girl will be performing gratis on Sunday, but that's not unusual, Forbes explains: Super Bowl halftime performers almost never get paid. "This is... More »

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