And finally, a confirmation of something that everyone knew!!

Katy Perry to headline next Super Bowl halftime show

NFL announced late Sunday — after rumours swirled for weeks — that pop star Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

Perry, 30, scored nine No. 1 hits on the on the Billboard Hot 100 chart since releasing her debut in 2008. Her sophomore effort, 2010’s multiplatinum Teenage Dream, matched the record Michael Jackson set with Bad for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1, with five.

Perry released Prism, another platinum effort, last year. It includes the No. 1 smashes Roar and Dark Horse.

The Grammy-nominated star’s upcoming performance is the fourth consecutive halftime show to display the NFL’s push to include younger acts on its large stage: Bruno Mars performed at this year’s Super Bowl, Beyonce was the top act in 2013; and there was Madonna, with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., and the Black Eyed Peas in 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Other halftime performers in the last decade have included the Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

The girl-power singer will also be performing at the culmination of a season where critics have assailed the NFL for its response to domestic violence cases involving women; its initial handling of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice’s assault on his then-fiance with just a two-game suspension caused a national outrage, and led the league to toughen its penalties for such crimes. It later suspended Rice indefinitely.

Perry is currently on her Prismatic World Tour. Her other hits include I Kissed a Girl, California Gurls, Firework and Wide Awake.