The rumors are true: King B's taking the field at this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Entertainment Tonight is reporting Beyoncé will perform alongside Coldplay during the 50th annual halftime show February 7th, making it the third time in four years the Beyhive queen has had to work during the big game. (She headlined in 2013, receiving helping hands from her fellow Destiny's Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.) One of the singles from Coldplay's new album A Head Full of Dreams, "Hymn for the Weekend," features Beyoncé, so it's a near-certainty the band will perform that song in some form during the show.
Beyoncé's appearance isn't a complete shock: when Coldplay's performance was first announced in early December, it was already being rumored that she was negotiating an appearance. ET is also reporting that Bruno Mars will join the performance, and he's making his way back to the Super Bowl stage even faster than Beyoncé. (He headlined the 2014 festivities.)
Coldplay has less than a full vote of confidence
It's becoming more and more apparent that the people who plan the game's halftime performances only believe a handful of contemporary performers have the wide appeal to handle the show, and they're starting to lean on them like crutches. Coldplay may not inspire full faith, but it's not a huge problem if the gaps are being shored up by two established Super Bowl commodities. Do Taylor Swift and Adele have the power to hold the show on their own when they get their inevitable turn at the plate? We'll have to wait a while for those answers, but it seems like Coldplay has something less than a complete vote of confidence.