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By Maria Puente, USA TODAY

4:47PM EDT October 16. 2012 - Update: 4:30 p.m. Beyoncé will headline the Super Bowl halftime show in February, the singer confirmed on her website today.

The Associated Press cited an anonymous source; the official announcement about the Pepsi NFL Halftime Show comes Wednesday.

But Beyoncé's website had a huge picture of her under the headline "Countdown to Touchdown" and the date of the game splashed across her cheeks.

Super Bowl XLVII is Feb. 3, 2013, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the first in that city since 2002 and the first since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city and devastated parts of the Louisiana Superdome in 2005.

A 16-time Grammy winner, Beyoncé sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 in her hometown, Houston, when the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers.

Now 31, Beyoncé is a new mom and is married to rapper Jay-Z, who could be a guest in her performance, along with her old bandmates from Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

Pop stars at halftime have been good for the Super Bowl and good for the pop stars. Beyoncé follows Madonna, who performed at this year's game before a record audience of about 114 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings - more than for the game itself. Her guests included Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A.

USA TODAY

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