Super Bowl: Nicki Minaj to perform with Madonna in halftime show
Slowly but surely, the plans for Madonna's big Super Bowl halftime show are coming into focus, and the latest bit to fall into place is Nicki Minaj. In response to a fan's Twitter question, "What does your agenda contain today, Nic?" the singer replied, "Super Bowl rehearsals w/the Queen ;)."
Because it's highly unlikely that Queen Elizabeth will be bringing herself to Indianapolis on Sunday, Minaj can only mean Madonna, the so-called Queen of Pop.
Madonna's 12-minute set, which is also to include a guest performance by party-boy rockers LMFAO, may have already been semi-revealed by NFL Magazine, which wrote, "Though Madonna's set list was not officially announced at press time, fans might expect her to give all her luvvin', provide a ray of light and be in vogue with her music." (What are the chances fans will be hearing her new single "Give Me All Your Luvvin," "Ray of Light" and "Vogue" during the show?)
"Give Me All Your Luvvin" is a collaboration between Madonna and Minaj.
The Queen recently confessed to some performance nerves to ABC News, revealing that she's challenged by the physical and time constraints of the Super Bowl gig. "I have eight minutes to set up my stage, 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on Earth, and I have seven minutes to take it down. So, that football field is clean for the second half of the game," she said. "How do you do that?"
She mentioned her plan to have 100 drummers descend from the roof of Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium, thwarted because the structure would not have been able to support them. But she's been thinking and planning away since then, so it's assured she's come up with something she's satisfied with.
Or, in the words of Minaj, answering another question about how the rehearsal went, it will be: "Epic of course."
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Nicki Minaj at the Grammy nominations concert in 2011. Matt Sayles / Associated Press