Adele has confirmed that she has turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl half-time show. The Hello singer was the NFL's top choice of performer for The 51st Super Bowl which is set to take place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on 5 February, 2017.
However, according to Mail Online, the 28-year-old revealed that she rejected the offer because its "not about music."
Speaking during her concert at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Saturday (13 August) Adele said: "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl. 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 said no."
According to The Sun, NFL producers were "desperate" for Adele, 28, to headline the halftime show due to healthy ticket sales on her current world tour. An insider told the publication: "There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organisers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up.
"She's sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers."'
The prospect of performing live before a global audience might also have been a factor in her decision to skip out on the coveted gig. Adele has spoken openly about her stage fright in the past and told Rolling Stone magazine in 2011: "I'm scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous, I escaped out the fire exit. I've thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile vomited on someone. I just gotta bear it. But I don't like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot."
While the Grammy-winner overcame her nerves to headline Glastonbury 2016 in June and performi to a 150,000 strong crowd, the Super Bowl is in a whole new league of exposure. Coldplay and special guests Beyonce and Bruno Mars attracted 115 million viewers when they performed in February 2016 making it the third most-watched Super Bowl performance.
Previous Super Bowl halftime show headliners include Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Black Eyed Peas, Diana Ross, Aerosmith and U2.