The National Football League announced that Global superstar Katy Perry has invited Lenny Kravitz to join her as she headlines the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLIX HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1. Katy’s full interview with NBC’s Willie Geist discussing her upcoming halftime performance and her invite to Kravitz aired last Monday morning on TODAY.

Perry cemented her status as a best-selling superstar with the global success of three multi-platinum studio albums – her 2008 debut One of the Boys (which generated hit singles “I Kissed A Girl,” “Hot N Cold,” “Thinking of You” and “Waking Up In Vegas”), 2010’s Teenage Dream (which made her the only female artist to have five Number 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”) and her current album, PRISM. “Roar,” the lead single from PRISM became Katy’s 10th Number 1 Top 40 track after debuting at No. 1 on iTunes in 68 countries with 557,024 downloads in its first week of release, the biggest digital song sales week of 2013. Katy set the record at Top 40 for most total weeks (46) at Number 1 in the Billboard airplay chart’s archives with “Dark Horse,” and Mediabase has just recognized the song as #1 Most Played, in addition to awarding Katy the title of #1 Artist across three radio formats – Top 40, Hot AC and AC. She is the first artist to surpass the 75 million digital award threshold, counting digital downloads and on-demand streams – 20 million ahead of any other artist. She is currently touring the world on the Prismatic World Tour, which continues to be a hugely successful global spectacle, with 17 sold out arenas in the UK, 66 sold out arenas in North America and 25 sold out arenas in Australia/New Zealand during this year. The tour continues in 2015 throughout Europe, Asia and South America where Katy will headline Rock In Rio in Brazil on September 25.

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of ’60s and ’70s soul, rock and funk. Kravitz’s talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated now through ten studio albums into a timeless catalog, which has sold over 38 million albums worldwide. He has won four consecutive Grammy Awards, setting a record for the most wins in the “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” category. Kravitz’s latest albums include the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of his debut, Let Love Rule, and his critically acclaimed latest studio release Strut, which Rolling Stone Magazine named one of the top albums of 2014. Lenny Kravitz recently announced the second leg of his world tour in support of his new album, which will kick off March 14 in Tokyo, Japan at International Forum.The 2015 “STRUT” tour will take him throughout Asia, Australia, the U.S.A. and back again through Europe in the summer. Tickets and more information for the tour can be found at lennykravitz.com/tour/.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 115 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s show. The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide.

Perry joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.

PepsiCo continues to leverage its diverse multi-brand portfolio – including Pepsi, Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Quaker and Tropicana – with the NFL to connect with fans and enhance their NFL experience. Pepsi returns for a third year as the title sponsor of the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, bringing the brand’s Live for Now mind-set and one-of-a-kind consumer engagement platforms to provide fans a halftime experience worthy of pop-culture’s biggest stage. This year, Pepsi continues its steadfast focus on the fan with its “Hyped For Halftime” campaign, which will culminate at the Super Bowl.

The PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLIX HALFTIME SHOW is an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.

In other NFL-music news…

The National Football League and NBC Sports announced that Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem and John Legend will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 1. The performances will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

More than 112.2 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show, including the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful” and Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast worldwide.
In addition, actress Treshelle Edmond will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful.”
Menzel will make her Super Bowl debut. She is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.

Legend joins Vicki Carr (Super Bowl XI), Ray Charles (Super Bowl XXXV), Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony (Super Bowl XXXVI), Alicia Keys (Super Bowl XXXIX), Faith Hill (Super Bowl XLIII), Queen Latifah (Super Bowl XLIV & XLVIII) and Lea Michele (Super Bowl XLVI) in singing “America The Beautiful” at Super Bowl. In 2013, Jennifer Hudson, along with 26 children from the Newton, Connecticutcommunity sang the song in advance of Super Bowl XLVII.

The NFL previously announced that KATY PERRY will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

About Idina Menzel: Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s Oscar-winning song “Let It Go.” After Menzel’s performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel earned her first Tony nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winner Rent and won the award for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. Other notable roles include Rachel Berry’s mother, Shelby Corcoran, on the hit television show Glee as well starring opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney’s Enchanted. Menzel starred in her own PBS special, Barefoot at the Symphony, with an accompanying live album of the same name and her highly successful international concert tour recently included a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. She will embark on a worldwide tour in 2015 that includes Asia, United Kingdom and North America. The North American leg begins July 7, 2015 and includes famed venues such as Jones Beach in New York and the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. In addition to cast albums, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes the solo albums I Stand, Here and Still I Can’t Be Still. Her first-ever Christmas album Holiday Wishes, released October 2014 on Warner Brothers Records, debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart, broke into the top 10 on Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and received rave reviews. Menzel can currently be seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in the original production If/Then, for which she earned critical acclaim and her third Tony nomination and performed “Always Starting Over” from the musical at the 68th annual Tony Awards. For more information, please visit http://www.idinamenzel.com.

About John Legend: Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter.  His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. A graduate of University of Pennsylvania where he studied English and African-American literature, Legend participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. During the same period, Legend was introduced to Lauryn Hill, who hired him to play piano on her track “Everything Is Everything” and shortly thereafter he began to play shows around the Philadelphia area, eventually expanding his audience base to New York, Boston, Atlanta and Washington D.C. After college, Legend was introduced to then up-and-coming hip-hop artist Kanye West, who quickly signed Legend to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and hired him to sing vocal hooks on some of his music. Legend started gaining momentum through a series of similar collaborations with established artists, adding vocals to an impressive list of chart-topping hits including West’s “All of the Lights,” Jay-Z’s “Encore” and back-up vocals on Alicia Keys’ 2003 song, “You Don’t Know My Name.” Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist’s first hit single, “Ordinary People” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single “Green Light” featuring Andre 3000. His 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a year later. Legend’s highly acclaimed fourth and most current studio album Love In the Future debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Chart and garnered a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. Produced by Legend and longtime collaborators Kanye West and Dave Tozer, the album’s break out hit, “All of Me,” is John’s highest selling and charting song to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts, and earning a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance. Most recently, Legend won his first Golden Globe Award for his song “Glory” with Common, that was featured in the film SELMA.

Throughout his career, John has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign.org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key to break the cycle of poverty. The 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2009 Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recognize Legend’s efforts and leadership in this arena. John sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board.

About Treshelle Edmond: Treshelle Edmond is a deaf actress who has guest starred in two television shows: House, M.D. and Glee. She also had a prominent role in a successful Deaf West Theater production of Spring Awakening. Born in San Bernardino, California, she attended school in Birmingham, Alabama and in Los Angeles, California where she was an All Star and All American Cheerleader. As a member of the All Star cheerleading team, Treshelle cheered in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. She regularly does community service with various organizations like the Foundation for Junior Blind and the Zuma Beach clean up program. She has received awards from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication to the DEAFestival-Los Angeles and her contributions to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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