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Beyonce set for Super Bowl show

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By BBC | October 18th 2012

Pop star Beyonce will headline next year's Super Bowl half-time show in New Orleans, it has been announced.

The NFL confirmed the news after the singer posted a picture on her website with "Feb 3" and "2013" written on her face - the date of the game.

The half-time show is the most-watched musical event of the year in the US. More than 112.5m viewers saw this year's show, featuring Madonna.

Recent performers have included The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen.

Beyonce has performed at the Super Bowl once before: In 2004, she sang the national anthem when the match was held in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

News of the singer's performance next year has prompted speculation whether the show will feature collaborations with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, or her former bandmates from Destiny's Child.

Madonna's performance at this year's Super Bowl was seen as significant because she was the first solo female artist to headline the event after Janet Jackson's famous "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004.

In the years between, organisers had chosen predominantly male rock acts including The Stones, Springsteen, Prince, The Who, Tom Petty and Sir Paul McCartney.

However, despite Madonna's promise of "no controversy" at her show, broadcaster NBC was forced to apologised after guest star M.I.A made a middle finger gesture during the performance.

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