Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl – watch

A new commercial shows Perry preparing fire-breathing shark and unicorn for appearance

Katy Perry is to headline the halftime show at next year’s Super Bowl, the annual championship match of the USA’s National Football League.

Perry will take to the pitch at the University Of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on February 1, 2015, the NFL has confirmed. The pop star announced the news in a tweet sent from Australia, which read: “My band is in the other room screaming at the TV (and each other) over this Cowboys-Giants game. Can’t wait for February 1st”.

A new commercial for her halftime show presents Perry preparing for her performance in a testing facility, with a unicorn, glitter, time machine and fire breathing shark – click above to watch.

Since the 2014 event, the NFL has reportedly been demanding that artists will have to pay to appear at future shows. The NFL has yet to confirm the alleged move, but a spokesperson sent Rolling Stone a statement showing how musicians’ sales increase by around 150-400 per cent if they appear at American sports’ showcase event.

Reports claimed that the NFL invited the management of Coldplay, Katy Perry and Rihanna to submit bids if they wanted to appear at the 2015 event. Perry made her position on the matter clear on October 4, when she told ESPN’s College Game Day: “I’m not the kind of girl who’d pay to play the Super Bowl.”

The reports came after this year’s Super Bowl saw Bruno Mars and guests Red Hot Chili Peppers draw a record 112 million viewers in the US alone. Given its reach, U2 also chose the occasion to premiere their charity single ‘Invisible’, which was unveiled in a commercial. The 2013 event was headlined by Beyoncé, pictured above in a promotional image for the performance.

Perry is touring her 2013 album ‘Prism’ in Australia and New Zealand until December 20, and resumes her concerts in Barcelona on February 16.