Adele turns down Super Bowl half-time

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By BBC Newsbeat

Adele says she’s turned down an offer to perform at the 2017 Super Bowl half-time show in America.

The singer told an audience at her concert in Los Angeles on Saturday that she was asked to perform at the event.

“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele said from the stage, according to a video posted on Twitter.

“I mean, that show is not about music. I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I did say no.”

She added: “I’m sorry, but maybe next time.”

Adele also denied rumours that she was pregnant and that she was going to announce the news at the Super Bowl half-time show.

“It’s gruelling,” she told the crowd. “I couldn’t be pregnant and travel this much.”

She joked that she was just having a “cheese baby”.

Performers at previous half-time shows have included Madonna, the Rolling Stones and Prince.

Last year’s event was topped by Beyonce, Chris Martin and Bruno Mars.

Beyonce’s Super Bowl half-time performance, where she premiered her track Formation, featured backing dancers dressed as members of radical political organisation the Black Panthers.

The group was a militant organisation which fought for the rights of black people in America between the 1960s and 1980s.

Some people in America said the show was a “slap in the face” to US police and law enforcement.

Advertisers pay up to $5m (£3.8m) for a 30-second slot during the Super Bowl half-time show.

According to Nielsen, which measures audiences – this year’s game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California was the third most-watched programme in US television history.

The company estimates an average audience of 111.9 million were watching through the game, peaking at 115.5 million for the half-time show.

 

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