Superbowl 2012 will forever be remembered by Madonna fans for her half-time performance, but her debut at that most hallowed of NFL events very nearly came a full 12 years earlier in 2000!
Rumours were rife in late 1999 and early 2000 that Madonna would perform "American Pie" at the 2000 Superbowl, in advance of its release along with the movie "The Next Best Thing".
An announcement claimed:
"A version of Don McLean's classic 'American Pie' which Madonna recorded for the soundtrack to her forthcoming film, The Next Big Thing, is to be premiered live at the American Superbowl.
Madonna will join Tina Turner in a line-up celebrating great American music of the 20th Century that will form part of the pre-game entertainment. The ceremony will be performed on a grand scale with a cast and crew line-up of 1,250 involved in the salute to American musical genres like jazz, blues and
Plans were at such an advanced stage that, in the end when it failed to happen Madonna released the following statement:
"I am sorry that I will not be able to join all the great entertainers who will be performing on Super Bowl Sunday. My sincere apologies to the NFL, ABC-TV, as well as my fans. I look forward to the possibility of doing something with the NFL in the future"
Her manager at the time Carese Henry explained further:
"After meeting with Madonna in London, we agreed that due to her recording schedule there is simply not sufficient time to put all the elements in place that are required to deliver a performance on the level of Super Bowl excellence."
When Entertainment Tonight interviewed Madonna at the time, they asked her about one of the rumoured reasons for the Superbowl performance cancellation.
(ET, February 2000)