Ed Sheeran, a global musical sensation, recently weighed in on the prospect of gracing the iconic Super Bowl halftime show stage. During a candid interview with Andy Cohen, the chart-topping artist shared his thoughts on why he’s hesitant to seize such a high-profile opportunity.
When Cohen inquired if the “Shape of You” singer would ever consider headlining the coveted Super Bowl performance, Sheeran recounted a past discussion that took place around the time Coldplay delivered their halftime show. “I could see myself performing ‘Thinking Out Loud’ but only as a guest appearance with another artist,” he disclosed. Sheeran went on to acknowledge that he lacks the theatrical flair typically showcased at Super Bowl halftime performances. “When you think of unforgettable Super Bowl acts like Prince, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyoncé, they’ve all got that certain X-factor,” Sheeran elaborated. “I’m not the kind of performer to have backup dancers or pyrotechnics like The Weeknd.”
Given the monumental spectacle that the Super Bowl halftime show has come to represent, it’s not surprising that Ed Sheeran would opt for a more subdued role. “Honestly, I don’t believe the audience is yearning for an Ed Sheeran Super Bowl halftime show. I’d be open to participating, but more in a guest capacity,” he concluded.
The buzz about the next Super Bowl halftime show performer for 2024 is already swirling, especially after Rihanna’s triumphant return to the stage at the 2023 Super Bowl. However, Sheeran’s fans will have to keep waiting to see if he eventually changes his mind.
For the full discussion, check out the video of Ed Sheeran’s interview with Andy Cohen here.