Divas rule Super Bowl 2012: Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., CeCe Winans, and Natalie Grant

With an inspiring Gospel Celebration hosted by CeCe Winans and a titillating Bridgestone Halftime Show featuring Madonna, Super Bowl 2012 is being overrun by divas.

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HOUSTON – February 3, 2012 – Millions of football fans across the globe eagerly await The Indianapolis Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots vs. Giants, on Sunday, February 5. But they’re not the only ones waiting on pins and needles. Pop music fans are also in for a treat.

It’s just hit the grapevine that Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. will rock this year’s NFL Bridgestone Super Bowl Halftime Show. It promises to be a diva-studded concert, and to include a performance of Madonna’s newest single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” which releases February 3.

Despite Madonna’s veteran status on the music scene, she confessed to being somewhat rattled about the Super Bowl.

“I want to do everything really well,” she explained to The Wall Street Journal. “I kept saying to my manager, ‘I don’t want to do the Super Bowl unless I can really give it my all, and really focus all my attention on it.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry! There won’t be any problems. You’ll be able to concentrate just on the Super Bowl.’ Now of course my movie is coming out during the Super Bowl so it’s a little bit nerve-racking.”

Indeed, The Material Girl is exceptionally busy this spring. Madonna’s new film, “W.E.,” is a work of historical fiction and forbidden love. Set to release February 3, it interweaves the real-life royal romance and historical scandal of Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, with the modern fictional tale of a wistful young woman trapped in an abusive relationship.

Nicki Minaj poses for photographers. Credit: Christopher Macsurak.

In addition to the new movie, Madonna’s new album, “MDNA,” will be released in March, and her first fragrance, “Truth or Dare,” will follow in the spring. So no one can say Madonna is taking 2012 lying down.

Notwithstanding the heavy dose of estrogen, there will be a few dudes in the mix at Super Bowl halftime. Rumor has it that Cee Lo Green of “The Voice” will be getting in the mix too.

According to The Insider he has been secretly rehearsing with Madonna in New York City. Plus, Will.i.am revealed to Rolling Stone that his group, LMFAO, will also grace the halftime stage, so it’s going to get crowded up there.

Sheepdogs Don’t Like Madonna

Despite the impending Super Bowl sex appeal, not everyone is happy about having Madonna play halftime. Ewan Currie from the Canadian rock group the Sheepdogs told radio show, Tim & Sid, that this year’s halftime concert should feature bands like the Roots, Black Keys, or even Prince, but definitely not Madonna, stating that The Material Girl is too old.

“Forget Madonna, you know?” Currie quipped. “I remember in ‘98 when she came out with that album ‘Ray of Light.’ She was old back then and like it’s 2012 now. That was 14 years ago.”

Insulting banter from the peanut gallery aside, Madonna (who is 54 years young and showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon) will follow an impressive roster of recent Super Bowl acts, including The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and U2.

The 13th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, February 3

In stark contrast to the carnal forecast of the halftime show, the Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration promises to be a spectacularly spiritual evening, taking place on Friday, February 3 at Clowes Memorial Hall.

Hosted by Rev. Run, and CeCe Winans, American Idol star Fantasia will headline singing a special duet with her mother Diane Barrino. Other performers include Natalie Grant, Hezekiah Walker and “Players Choice” Wess Morgan, plus the award winning Salvation and Deliverance Church Choir.

The NFL Choir will add a special element of fun to the Gospel Celebration. The choir is made up of notable stars, including Ray Lewis (Ravens), Marcus Price (retired, Cowboys), David Tyree (Ravens) and Tim Brown (retired, Raiders), among others. Choir director and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Donnie McClurkin said that it is an honor to helm such an athletic and spiritual ensemble.

“I was brought in several years ago as a gospel artist,” McClurkin explained to HuffPost Black Voices, “and then we formulated something called the NFL Gospel Choir, and from that point on it has taken off.”

Regarding the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, sportscaster James Brown made the statement that there is a “… Biblical expression that one may plant a seed, another may water it, but God gives the increase. This is only going to continue to grow.”

When and Where to Watch Super Bowl XLVI

The Super Bowl XLVI: Patriots vs. Giants will air on Sunday, February 5, 2012, 5:00 PM CST. For national television listings, please visit www.TVGuide.com.

Pre-show covereage begins streaming live at www.NFL.com, February 1-3, starting at 12 p.m. EST. Tune in to Dave Dameshek & Co. for NFL player interviews, celebrity sightings, and more. You can also follow @NFLcomLIVE to for tweeted updates, and to submit questions and vote in polls.

Join the Communities @WashingtonTimes.com Live Super Bowl XLVI chat

Communities sports writers and fans will be live chatting and sharing the game at Communities @WashingtonTimes.com.  Check back here for the link to the event which will begin around 6:00pm EST.

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Jennifer Grassman is a singer, songstress and pianist who inadvertently became a music industry trailblazer in the wake of the digital revolution. In addition to penning her quirky music industry column, "The Business of Being Diva," Jennifer writes songs and performs concert tours. Jennifer’s accomplishments include being nominated Houston’s best female vocalist and best songwriter and was named best keyboardist in the 2010 Houston Press Music Awards. She assisted in a campaign that raised more than $100,000 for CrimeStoppers and was commended by musician Tori Amos for her charitable efforts on behalf of domestic-abuse victims.  Jennifer has released three CDs, the most recent of which, "Serpent Tales & Nightingales," received accolades from Christianity Today, the Houston Chronicle and Brian Ray and the guitarist of Paul McCartney's band. You can check out Jennifer’s music at www.JenniferGrassman.com, like her on Facebook and tweet her at www.Twitter.com/JGrassman.

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