Megastar Beyonce will be the entertainment at the halftime show of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, a source told the Associated Press.
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because that person wasn’t authorized to publicly reveal the information.
The official announcement is expected Wednesday, the source said.
Beyonce, whose pop and R&B hits include Crazy in Love, Irreplaceable and Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), has won 16 Grammy Awards.
The 31-year-old sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown of Houston when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.
Madonna performed at halftime at this year’s Super Bowl in February with guests CeeLo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A. The New York Giants beat the Patriots in a thrilling rematch of the contest four years earlier.
Her performance was seen by 114 million people, a higher average than the game itself, which was seen by an estimated 111.3 million people, according to the Nielsen Co.
If Beyonce’s performance at the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show features collaborations, it could likely include husband-rapper Jay-Z and her Destiny’s Child band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, which could make it a phenomenal, out-of-this-world performance.
New Orleans last hosted a Super Bowl in 2002, making next year’s game the first NFL championship in the city since Hurricane Katrina devastated parts of the Louisiana Superdome in 2005.
Pepsi is returning as the sponsor for the halftime show since doing so in 2007 when Prince performed.
New Orleans is about a five-hour drive from Beyonce’s hometown of Houston.