Jay-Z reportedly turned down Super Bowl halftime show
Jay-Z has been mentioned as a possibility for the halftime show at Super Bowl LII in Minnesota, but multiple reports indicate it is not going to happen.
A source told The Sun that Jay-Z has no interest in performing at the Super Bowl despite rumors that he could take the stage with Justin Timberlake in one of the most highly-anticipated performances in the event’s history.
“Lots of people have been saying Jay will perform with Justin Timberlake, but it is simply not the case,” the source said, according to Metro. “He has enough songs to create an incredible performance but he really has no plans to do the halftime show.”
In an email to Pro Football Talk, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy did not deny that Jay-Z turned the league down.
“No decisions have been made on the performer(s) and we are not going to speculate on particular artists,” McCarthy wrote. “Along with Pepsi, we know that we will put on a spectacular show. When it is time to announce her name we will do it. Or his name. Or their names.”
Jay-Z’s wife Beyonce headlined the Super Bowl halftime show in 2013 and made another appearance at Super Bowl 50 two years ago.
While it may be a coincidence, Jay-Z has been a supporter of Colin Kaepernick and gave him a shoutout during a recent concert. There is some belief that the 21-time Grammy Award winner might be unwilling to perform at the Super Bowl because of the perception that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners.
As the Ball family and their Big Baller Brand can tell you, Jay-Z has the ability to influence the sports world in big ways. Mr. Carter at the Super Bowl would create a ton of buzz.