INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Superstar singer Madonna promised no wardrobe malfunctions for her Super Bowl 46 half-time show, saying she has never worked so hard on preparing for a performance.
The self-styled “Material Girl” promised she would not have a half-time clothing mishap such as the one that took place at the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston and exposed Janet Jackson’s chest to a global television audience.
“Great attention has been paid to my wardrobe,” Madonna said. “There will be no wardrobe malfunctions.”
She will sing three classic songs and a new tune, likely the song “Gimme All Your Love” that will be released on Friday, between halves of Sunday’s NFL championship spectacle between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
“In 25 years of performing, I’ve never worked so hard or been so detail-oriented or freaked out as I have getting the schedule together for the Super Bowl,” Madonna said.
And she plans a production that, while colorful and elaborate, will be family friendly as well.
“The envelope I’m pushing is just for a spectacular show which will entertain all age groups and be a spectacular feast for the eyes,” Madonna said.
The 53-year-old from Bay City, Michigan, who was born Madonna Louise Ciccone dedicated her half-time performance to her father.
“He gave me the work ethic I have,” she said. “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, this will be the thing he is most excited about.
“I’m so excited to be here. I’m really nervous. This is a Midwestern girl’s dream to perform at the Super Bowl half-time.”
Madonna, who is preparing for an upcoming tour, pulled a hamstring while training and rehearsing for the show, and suffered a cut on her nose.
“Lots of tape and ultrasound and warming up,” Madonna said. “I feel like one of the players. But I’m all right. You have to be ready for your game so I rehearse, rehearse, rehearse so I’m ready for anything.”
Madonna was keeping details quiet about any possible guest stars on the elaborate show, which is directed by her long-time collaborator Jamie King in a partnership with Cirque du Soleil.
“I don’t want to blow the surprise,” Madonna said. “I want to keep that surprise and keep the suspense going from beginning to end.”
Fox News hires former Trump spokesman as Senior Vice President: report
The revolving door between the White House and Fox News was spinning on Friday as a former spokesman for President Donald Trump was hired by Fox News.
"A bit of news: Raj Shah, the former spokesman in the White House, is joining Fox as a senior Vice President," Washington Post White House correspondent Josh Dawsey reported on Friday.
After Hope Hicks left her job as White House communications director, she was hired to lead corporate communications for New Fox, the parent company of Fox News.
Here’s why President Trump’s explicit racism is an impeachable offense
Without even waiting for former special counsel Robert Mueller to testify about President Donald Trump's obstruction of justice, Democrats are legally justified in acting now to impeach the president for his explicit racism, a civil rights activist argued on Friday.
Journalist and author Shaun King laid out his argument in a column published by The Intercept.
To make his argument, King explained the difference between implicit and explicit racism.
"Across the country, corporations and government agencies, including police departments, are offering a wave of what’s called 'implicit bias training.' The fundamental theory is that, in this country, otherwise well-meaning employees can be racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic in ways that they may not really even be aware of," he explained. "It’s the notion that people unknowingly or unconsciously discriminate against others."
Watch Joy Reid’s epic correction of GOP strategist: ‘This is going to be a white nationalist reelection’
President Donald Trump will continue to attack the four young women of color in Congress known as The Squad, MSNBC anchor Joy Reid predicted on Friday.
Trump has repeatedly used racist attacks to target the four, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Host Steve Kornacki interviewed Republican strategist Noelle Nikpour about Trump's message.
"So Noelle, for Republicans, again the folks who were getting in touch with [Mike] Pence and saying 'make Trump stop doing this,' do they have to be ready now for the possibility Trump’s going to keep doing these rallies, he wants to run against these four congresswomen in particular, make them the face of the Democratic Party?" Kornacki asked. "If the crowd starts chanting again, 'send her back,' 'send them back,” doesn't stop, is this going to be a feature of Trump rallies from here through 2020?"