Perry 'can't wait' to perform at Super Bowl show

LOS ANGELES - Pop singer Katy Perry will headline the half-time entertainment at February's Super Bowl, the most-watched American sporting and television event, according to an announcement by the National Football League on Sunday.

The 30-year-old Roar singer joins the likes of former performers Madonna, Beyonce and Prince at the NFL's Super Bowl half-time show, which regularly attracts more viewers than the average for the championship game itself.

The Super Bowl will be played on Feb 1 in Glendale, Arizona, and broadcast on NBC.

Perry acknowledged the announcement on her Twitter feed while in Australia, where she is on her Prismatic World Tour.

"Yeppers!" she wrote. "And I've already started testing out ideas!"

A few minutes before the announcement was made, she hinted that she was looking forward to the performance.

"Can't wait for February 1st," she wrote on her Twitter feed, along with a picture of a microphone and a football.

The announcement came as Perry won favourite female pop/rock artist at Sunday's American Music Awards.

This year's Super Bowl averaged a record 112.2 million viewers on network Fox, while the half-time performance by singer Bruno Mars and rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers drew 115.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The music industry considers the Super Bowl its top promotional venue because artists can expect a strong recording sales bump following the performance. It is also often used as a springboard to launch new music or tour announcements.