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Bruno Mars will be next Super Bowl halftime show star

This CD cover image released by Capitol Records shows 'Prism' by Katy Perry. (AP Photo/Capitol Records)

This CD cover image released by Capitol Records shows "Prism" by Katy Perry. (AP Photo/Capitol Records)

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Singer Bruno Mars will be the halftime performer for the Super Bowl in February, a source familiar with the NFL’s entertainment plans said Saturday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The official word is expected to come at an event in New York’s Times Square on Sunday — the day of the NFL’s first full slate of regular season games this year.

The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Halftime shows have drawn more than 100 million television viewers in the United States alone in past years.

Beyonce was the star of this year’s Super Bowl halftime show in February in New Orleans, where the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

Some recent halftime performers at the NFL’s championship game were Madonna in 2012, The Black Eyed Peas with Usher and Slash in 2011, The Who in 2010 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2009.

Mars, 27, a singer-songwriter-producer who’s one of pop music’s top acts, has had several No. 1 hits, including his most recent, “When I Was Your Man.”

Mars, who was born Peter Hernandez, released a platinum-selling debut, “Doo-Wops & Hooligans,” in 2010, and a second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” last year. His hits include “Locked Out of Heaven,” ‘‘Just the Way You Are” and “Grenade.”



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