At her concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles over the weekend, Adele addressed recent rumors that she had been offered the Super Bowl LI halftime show in Houston early next year. "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl," she said, according to Billboard. "I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don't really… I can't dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no. I'm sorry." While she's wildly popular across the globe, Adele would have been a somewhat suprising choice for the Super Bowl. Her style of music doesn't exactly mesh with football, so here are some alternative candidates to replace her.
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This seems obvious. Drake is one of the most popular musicians and most likable superstars in the world at the moment, and he's a huge sports fan to boot. Not only would he be a massive draw and incredibly marketable, the man has quite a lot of friends in the industry and would probably bring some big-time guest performers along with him.
Another obvious choice. Though she's been dragged through the mud a bit lately, she's still arguably the biggest mainstream pop star in the world right now. Every show on her "1989" World Tour was a spectacle, so it would be interesting to see what she would pull out of her bag of tricks on the Super Bowl stage. Plus, Katy Perry got a SB show, so you know Taylor wants one, too.
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Though they may not be at their peak, the Foo Fighters would be a solid choice. Dave Grohl & Co. always put on a good show and have enough draw and marketability to warrant a billing. Plus, they have the energy and intensity that a football audience would probably appreciate.
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As one of the most talented names in hip-hop, Kendrick has a certain mystique about him that would be great to bring to the Super Bowl. You don't often know what to expect from him -- especially on a big stage -- but it's usually excellent. He's also been known to work quite well with other pop musicians that you wouldn't expect (i.e. Taylor Swift and Imagine Dragons), and that could open the doors for a creative and inclusive halftime show.
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Chance the Rapper
Though maybe not as big of a draw as Kendrick currently, Chance would be great for a lot of the same reasons. He's immensely talented, is coming off a very awesome mixtape in "Coloring Book" and has a track record of being amazing live. That being said, he may not be big enough to headline on his own, but if he can score a secondary invite it would certainly be worth getting excited about.
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Pearl Jam/Temple of the Dog
Pearl Jam has a pretty good relationship going on with the sports world at the moment. It sold out a few shows at Fenway Park earlier this month and is preparing to rock Eddie Vedder's stomping grounds at Wrigley later in August. While the band's newer stuff hasn't been great, it has an expansive catalogue and still can put on a great show. Not to mention Vedder, Chris Cornell, & Co. are embarking on a first-ever Temple of the Dog tour in November, so that would be an added bonus for a potential halftime show.
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Yes, she just performed at Super Bowl 50 last year and has already headlined her own show previously, so it's unlikely the NFL phones her up again. But then again, SB51 is taking place in her hometown of Houston, she's still one of the biggest pop icons in the game, and 'Lemonade' was amazing. So why not?
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Okay, maybe not ... but I still think he could go out and play "Pony" for 30 straight minutes and be a better choice than Adele.