By Daniel D'Addario
November 24, 2014

The NFL has made official what had been widely reported more than a month ago: Katy Perry is to perform at the Super Bowl next year in Glendale, Ariz. The announcement late Sunday came with a would-be viral video in which Perry sketches out her dream halftime show, one with extinct wildlife, edible glitter, and “like a thousand” of the sort of fluffy white kittens Taylor Swift finds herself surrounded by, too.

Perry, famous for hits including “Firework” and “Roar,” is currently on tour promoting her album Prism in Australia, but even in absentia, her announcement was cannily timed; it came in the minutes preceding putative enemy Swift’s winning a lifetime achievement award at the American Music Awards. It was classic counterprogramming on the NFL’s part, at least, and proof that the run-up to the Super Bowl will be an interesting one.

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