Super Bowl XLV officials have announced that the Black Eyed Peas will be the recipients of the half-time-show super-mega-major promotional bump next year. The band, which has a new album dropping tomorrow, is the first younger-skewing act to hold the spot since the famous 2004 Nipplegate episode with Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. Since then, the half-time performances have been by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and, last year, The Who.
"They could have picked anybody," will.i.am told Rolling Stone. "They could rock a million and get Cheap Trick. I love me some Cheap Trick ... But it says something that they picked us." The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Fox will be airing the event.
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