In a recent concert in Los Angeles, British singer Adele said thatshe had refused an invitation to sing at the Super Bowl halftime show early next year, saying that the yearly event “is not about music.” Now it appears that there wasn’t any invite to begin with, as both the NFL and Pepsi have come out with a joint statement denying they had formally invited the pop superstar, or anyone else for that matter, to perform at the Super Bowl.

No formal offers were made to Adele “or anyone else”

In their joint statement released Sunday, the NFL and Super Bowl sponsor Pepsi said that while they are “big fans” of Adele and that they have had talks with a number of performers regarding next year’s Super Bowl halftime show, they have yet to make any official offers to anyone, Adele included. Super Bowl 51 is scheduled to take place on February 5, 2017 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

“We are focused on putting together a fantastic show for Houston and we look forward to revealing (more information on the halftime show) in good time,” the companies said, concluding their prepared statement.

Did Adele embarrass the NFL and Pepsi by turning big offer down?

The Super Bowl halftime show has been witness to several high-profile musical performances.In 2016,it was Coldplay and Beyonce performing during halftime in the big finale pitting Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos (the eventual winner) against Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers.

Prior halftime shows have run the gamut in terms of featured performers, ranging from modern pop stars such as Katy Perry and Usher, present-day rock bands such as the aforementioned Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to classic rockers such as The Who and Paul McCartney. As such, landing Adele for Super Bowl 51 would have been a huge coup for the event’s organizers and sponsors, but wouldn’t have been surprising considering the caliber of talent previously booked for the halftime extravaganza.

Considering all that, many believe that the NFL and Pepsi were merely trying to disguise their embarrassment by claiming they hadn’t made any formal offers to performers. In a tweet posted Sunday evening, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello quipped that the NFL had “informally” made the offer to Adele, to which she said no. He also accused the league of “throwing Adele under the bus to save face.”

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