An unnamed NFL source reportedly told British newspaper The Sun, “There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now and organizers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up. She’s sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers.”
The insider allegedly added, however, that “it’s Adele’s nerves that are the issue — it hasn’t been an easy sell.” While that last detail may seem sketchy — Adele’s currently on a sold-out world tour, after all — it actually makes the report seem semi-believable, given the singer’s history with stage fright. Last year, she famously ruled out performing at Glastonbury because she said “the crowds are too big,” only to take the festival by storm in June. Who’s to say she can’t squash her nerves once more?
If Adele is indeed tapped to headline the halftime performance when Super Bowl LI lands in Houston next February, here are four things we’d want to see from her:
An upbeat setlistGiphy
Look, we all know Adele is the undisputed queen of gorgeous-sounding heartbreak. But the Super Bowl is not an ideal venue for sadness — no one wants to sob while eating their body weight in snacks. In that spirit, here’s hoping she doles out some happier material from her catalogue, like “Love Song,” “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” and even “Rumor Has It.”
Texan, Dolly Parton–esque attireGiphy
Adele has dominated the gown game for practically her whole life. And while long, sparkly dresses look absolutely gorgeous on her, it’d be awesome if she embraced the ~sportiness~ of the event, or even just the Southern fashion. Just sayin’, it’d be awesome to see Adele in cowboy boots.
A rap breakGiphy
Piggybacking off the “no sad songs” suggestion, Adele could liven up the mood by busting out her now-infamous rap skills. We know she can do it ... maybe Nicki Minaj could even join her for “Monster?” Or if Adele needs another surprise guest, might we suggest ...
BeyoncéChristopher Polk/Getty Images
Yes, yes, Beyoncé has graced the Super Bowl stage twice in the past four years, but how much Bey is too much Bey? The limit does not exist. Beyoncé’s an idol of Adele’s and she’s a native Texan, meaning she’d lend some homegrown star power to the Houston event. Bonus points if she and Adele duet on her country Lemonade cut “Daddy Lessons.”
We’ve seen stories like this before: Adele helps fans get engaged onstage. While it’s slightly overdone at this point, it’d still be awesome to see a proposal happen on the Super Bowl stage. It’s never been done before, after all!