Katy Perry insists she did not pay to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Last year it was reported that the NFL asked Perry and other finalists to pay for the privilege to perform on Feb 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
She told The Associated Press, “I put my foot down very early in the courtship. I said, ‘Look guys, here’s where I draw a line in the sand.’ I want to be invited on my own merits and not with some fine print.”
The “Roar” singer remained adamant during the negotiations adding, “I don’t even care if my contract leaks. I have nothing to hide, basically.”
Perry referred to past Super Bowl Halftime controversies such as Janet Jackson’s 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” and Madonna being middle finger flashed by M.I.A. in 2012. She assured fans that she’s not going to risk anything to her biggest audience ever.
“Everything I’ve done in my career hasn’t been blatant this or that. It’s always with a wink. It’s a soft-serve sexiness. My intention is that everyone talks about the music and nothing else. … Sometimes you can’t control other people. But I will control myself.”
When Perry was in discussions last year, it faced scrutiny over its handling of incidents including Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s elevator assault of his then-fiancee.
“It wasn’t an image problem, it was a problem,” Perry said. “We were all watching and asking ourselves questions about what this year would mean. But I think that the problem that the NFL is dealing with is a global problem … we need to work out — or educate people on.”
Perry also said she’s a great choice to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
She added, “I’m all about female empowerment and uplifting people’s spirits, and people finding their own voice with songs like ‘Roar’ and ‘Firework,’ so maybe there is no better person” for the show. Hopefully I can bring that incredible strength and empowerment to people through the performance.”
Performing along with Perry at the Super Bowl Halftime Show will be her special guest Lenny Kravitz.