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Six months — that’s exactly how far we are from the next Super Bowl, which will take place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. And with that, we are also half a year away from the next Super Bowl halftime show, largely considered the biggest stage in music and the most coveted gig of the year.
For the 50th Super Bowl, the NFL will be searching for a big name to take the torch from Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. We’re still a good amount of time away from the halftime show announcement, so let’s continue to speculate as to who the lucky artist will be!
Below, Billboard offers up 12 suggestions for the 2016 Super Bowl halftime extravaganza. Vote for (or write in) your favorite candidate at the bottom of the page, and make your case in the comments section as well!
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift is already commanding stadiums on her 1989 tour, and has an avalanche of hits now thanks to her latest blockbuster album. More than anyone, she seems next in line for a Super Bowl spot.
One Direction - Even without departed member Zayn Malik, 1D is entertaining massive audiences and has scored another smash with “Drag Me Down.” They’ll have new music out before the end of the year — could the big game be the forum for those tunes?
Rihanna - Rih’s unapologetic style may not be suitable for a family-friendly show, but if the NFL is looking for a hit machine, look no further. And, pretty please, can we have some new music for the occasion?
Adele - Rumors continue to swirl about the follow-up to 21, and if a new album is coming this fall, then Adele deserves the biggest stage on the planet.
Britney Spears - Brit already popped up at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001, but that was seemingly a lifetime ago — and long before she started wowing Vegas crowds. Sure, it’d be lip-synching, but it’d one hell of a show.
Queen - With Adam Lambert potentially in tow, some of rock’s most epic singles could be given new life on the Super Bowl stage. Hearing “We Will Rock You” live at a football halftime show makes all the sense in the world.
Bon Jovi - Speaking of classic rock staples that work best in a stadium setting, “Livin’ on a Prayer” would be one of the Super Bowl’s most epic moments ever. A rock band hasn’t played the halftime show in a few years; why not give the Jersey boy a shot?
Justin Bieber - We’re three weeks away from the Biebs’ new single “What Do You Mean,” and if it’s as good as it’s being hyped up to be, the Bieber Comeback will be in full swing. Even for those who hate the polarizing figure, the Bieber Super Bowl Experience would be can’t-miss TV.
Kanye West - Okay, so the Yeezus songs might not be the best for the Super Bowl, but what about “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Mercy” or all of the above? This could be a guest star-packed jamboree (and Bon Iver could pop up on millions of televisions!).
Jay Z - His wife has already played the big show, and Jay has hits upon hits to perform (and TIDAL to potentially promote to the largest crowd of the year). Imagine the dinner arguments: “No, my Super Bowl performance was better! No, MY Super Bowl performance was better!”
Maroon 5 - Adam Levine and co. have not-so-quietly become one of pop’s most consistent acts, and their Super Bowl set would be a surefire crowd-pleaser. Maybe Mick Jagger comes out for “Moves Like Jagger”!
Justin Timberlake - JT’s notorious Super Bowl appearance last decade has been erased from a lot of memories, and he’s the genre’s premier showman. He’s done touring for a bit, but maybe he’ll make an exception here.