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Who'll Play the Super Bowl? Katy Perry? Carrie Underwood? Start Speculating Now

Image courtesy of ABC/Fred Lee; John Russell/CMA (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC/Fred Lee; John Russell/CMA (via ABC News Radio)

As early as next month, we may learn who'll be performing at the next Super Bowl, which will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 1.  Of course, speculation is already heating up as to which performer will be tapped for this most prestigious of gigs, but the signs may be pointing to one of two solo female superstars:  Carrie Underwood or Katy Perry .

A popular sports blog started a rumor that Carrie will get the nod because she already has strong ties to the NFL, having performed the Sunday Night Football theme.  In addition, the rumor suggests, country music is more mainstream than ever, and Carrie is one of its biggest stars, making a halftime show starring her a slam dunk.  Of course, she's also acquitted herself well at a prior Super Bowl: she sang the national anthem in 2010.

Meanwhile, Billboard is laying out a case for Katy Perry being the most logical choice.  According to the publication, Katy makes the most sense because she has big current hits, she's an internationally recognized performer, she's family-friendly, she's currently on a huge tour with a ready-to-go stage set-up and, perhaps most importantly, her tour is on a break from December 20 through February 16, leaving her plenty of time to travel to Arizona and rehearse.

Of course, there are many other acts who would make sense for the Super Bowl: Taylor Swift , for example, or perhaps Foo Fighters .  Even Bon Jovi has been mentioned, though football fans in Buffalo, New York are furious at the idea that Jon Bon Jovi is part of a consortium that may purchase their beloved team, the Bills, and move it to Toronto.

Last year, we found out in the early part of September that Bruno Mars would be headlining the Super Bowl; by then, though, it had been rumored for weeks.

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