"The show's not really about music and I can't dance" - Adele on turning down the Super Bowl

The British singer revealed she was offered the coveted 15-minute gig at next year's 51st Super Bowl

Adele, Super Bowl, Half-time show

Adele performing at the Glastonbury Festival in June [Yui Mok / PA Wire/Press Association Images]

The Super Bowl half-time show might be the biggest gig that many of the world’s leading music stars are longing to perform at some point in their careers, but British singer Adele has revealed that she turned down the opportunity – in typical, self-deprecating Adele style.

While performing during her tour in Los Angeles on Saturday night, the 10-time Grammy-winner told the Californian crowd that she turned down the offer to sing at the next Super Bowl, which takes place in Houston, Texas, next February.

“Well, come on, the show is not really about music and I can’t dance,” Adele said, while the fans expressed their disappointment that she would not be taking part in one of the most watched musical performances on American television.

The 28-year-old singer jokingly added: “They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no. Maybe next time for my next album because I’m going to do a dance album.”

In the early days of the Super Bowl, the 15-minute halftime show was traditionally performed by marching bands, with a number of performers like Ella Fitzgerald and Carol Channing joining in for one or two numbers. The Walt Disney Company also performed many times during the 70s, 80s and 90s.

The first major recording artist to headline the performance was Gloria Estefan in 1991, ushering in a new era of major performances as she was back by Olympic figure skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill. The following year Michael Jackson performed. The 2000s saw a number of different acts performing each year, including U2’s 2002 tribute to the victims of September 11th.

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