Brace yourselves: It's almost time for Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Earlier in January, the 30-year-old singer announced that rocker Lenny Kravitz would be her "first special guest" during her 12-minute game-day set, suggesting that there could be at least one more. But who is it, you ask? Well, I, for one, think that Perry's surprise halftime show guest could be Rihanna. Hear me out: Everyone knows that the two pop stars are close pals, and the world has been clamoring for them to collaborate for years now — Perry's halftime show is a great opportunity to finally make it happen. There are a couple of other important clues that could point to Rih-rih, as well...
For example, during a recent interview, Perry told Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier that she has "a couple of tricks" up her sleeve when it comes to halftime: "Let's just say that I have spent quite a lot of time curating this show. I had one name in particular and I'm very excited for this one."
"Rihanna?" Frasier asked excitedly.
"Let's just say, 'female empowerment,'" Perry responded, a grin quickly spreading across her face. How mysterious! I mean, Rihanna's into female empowerment, right? Right. Perry could totally be talking about the "Diamonds" hit-maker.
Additionally, Rihanna is performing at DIRECTV's Super Saturday Night concert on Jan. 31 — just one day ahead of the big game. As The Arizona Republic's Ed Masley points out, Super Saturday Night is held at DIRECTV's Super Fan Stadium, which just happens to be directly across from the Super Bowl. How terribly convenient! Seeing as how she'll probably still be in town, I think it would be fairly easy for Rih to make a cameo at the halftime show. (Sadly, the concert is invite-only, but videos usually pop up on YouTube the next day. In the past, artists like Justin Timberlake have even premiered new music at the event.)
Of course, it's important to remember that Rihanna likely wants to headline the halftime show herself one day, so it's possible that she might not want to "waste" her big Super Bowl debut by playing second fiddle to Perry. Thankfully, however, we'll know the answer soon enough: Super Bowl XLIX airs on Sunday, Feb. 1 on NBC.
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