Kanye West fans really want the rapper to headline the Super Bowl 2017 halftime show. A petition has been launched to persuade the NFL to sign the Famous rapper up for next year's football event after Adele claimed to have turned down an offer from the league.
Following Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars' show-stopping performance at the 2016 Super Bowl, the headline slot for the 2017 halftime show is up for grabs. Using the hashtag #KanyeForSuperBowl51 created by Twitter account Team Kanye Daily, fans of West, 39, are campaigning on social media with reasons as to why they believe the rapper should perform.
One supporter tweeted: "[It] would be third greatest performance all time after MJ and Prince," while another enthused: "This would literarily make him the Picasso of our time. He's a complete well rounded artist to the T."
Getting straight to the point, one Yeezus follower stated: "This is not a request, this is a demand," and another commented: "[It] needs to happen the Yeezus Tour was the amazing beautiful spectacle Super Bowl half time shows have waited for." Using the hashtag for an ulterior motive, one other said: "#KanyeWestForSuperBowl51because he's the only one that makes Frank Ocean come from out of hiding."
Neither West nor the NFL have responded to the petition yet. West certainly has the catalogue to perform the 12-minute halftime show with seven albums under his belt and 40 top-40 singles on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart. The Grammy-winning rapper released his latest album The Life Of Pablo in February 2016 and is believed to be working on his eighth record. Should he perform the halftime show, West is well accustomed to performing to large crowds having headlined Glastonbury festival in 2015.
The campaign comes in the middle of a debate between Adele and the NFL. The Hello singer claims to have turned down the chance to headline the 2017 halftime show over her lack of dancing skills. Responding to initial reports that she had been approached by producers, Adele told the audience at her Los Angeles tour show: "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl. 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."
However, the NFL and halftime show sponsor Pepsi have denied offering Adele the headline slot. They said in a joint statement: "The NFL and Pepsi are big fans of Adele. We have had conversations with several artists about the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, we have not at this point extended a formal offer to Adele or anyone else. We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing that in good time."
Notable previous Super Bowl performers include Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Prince, Madonna, Katy Perry and U2. The 2017 event is set to take place at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.