It’s been a long time since the Super Bowl featured country music. In fact, Shania Twain’s performance with No Doubt in 2003 marks the last time American’s most popular music genre graced America’s most popular sporting event.
Speaking to TMZ in New York, Super Bowl halftime alum Tanya Tucker shared who she thought could take the show country again. “Gosh, probably Chris Stapleton,” Tucker told the celebrity gossip outlet.
The NFL season hasn’t even started, but people are already talking about the big finale’s halftime show. Adele recently revealed she turned down the opportunity to play. She told a sold out crowd in Los Angeles, “That show is not about music. And I don’t dance or anything like that. So they were very kind; they did ask me but I did say no. I’m sorry.”
Talk about a badass.
Speaking on Adele’s decision not to play the show, she said, “They’ll probably just want her more next year.” When asked, Tucker added that she’d perform at the Super Bowl again, saying, “Of course, I always love the Super Bowl.”
Tanya Tucker was part of an All-Star cast in 1994 also featuring Clint Black, Travis Tritt and The Judds. But the show experienced ups and downs for the next few decades. Pop reigned in the early 2000s. But after the Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson controversy in 2004, halftime shows featured mostly safe classic rockers like Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Who.
2011 saw a shift once again to pop with the Black Eyed Peas and Usher. Since then, the show has been a steady stream of current chart toppers.
A Chris Stapleton performance would certainly bring back the flavor of the the great songwriters from the mid-2000s, not to mention more substance. How cool would it be if Stapleton and Adele performed together?