Top 12 memorable Super Bowl halftime shows

Football fans are gearing up for Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday, which will see Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. But even for the less sporty among us, there's plenty of reason to tune in to the most-watched television broadcast of the year. The Super Bowl halftime show has become almost as big as the big game itself, with music legends like Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones having taken to the stage during the Big Game.

After some controversy, pop star Katy Perry has been slated to perform on Sunday. The songstress reportedly refused to pay to perform, though she will play the show for free.

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Savvier musicians have learned how to capitalize on their Super Bowl shows with aptly timed tours and albums – Beyoncé famously announced her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour shortly after her electrifying performance and tickets to Bruno Mars’ tour went on sale the very next day following his halftime show in 2014.

It looks like bets are on for the 29-year-old "Roar" singer to release a new album or announce a worldwide tour come February!

As we anticipate Katy Perry's performance this Sunday, Hello! Online rounds up the top 12 halftime performances of all time.

Super Bowl XLIX airs live on Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 on Global/NBC.

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