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Super Bowl halftime show performers we'd like to see next

For all the talk of the Grammys being music’s biggest stage, or the tremendous crowds at the biggest music festivals, the Super Bowl halftime show dwarfs them all; last year, Lady Gaga performed to a reported 117.5 million people — not including those who watched the show at a sports bar or other public gathering spots.

There are likely only a few artists in the world who can put on a show for as big as that audience. But come Sunday, Justin Timberlake will take on the challenge. With Timberlake set as this season's headliner, who’s next?

We’ve got some suggestions.

Pink

Between Pink's typical acrobatics and catchy, moving hits
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Between Pink's typical acrobatics and catchy, moving hits such as "What About Us," having the performer headline the next Super Bowl is a no-brainer. The three-time Grammy winner is set to sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" before the big game this year. Come 2019, we'd like to see her on the main stage.

Britney Spears

If the league is down for repeating performers
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If the league is down for repeating performers in the future, perhaps Britney Spears would head back for another shot. The singer, who's taking her Las Vegas show to Radio City Music Hall on July 23 and 24, is reportedly interested in headlining the big show. The Daily News reported last July that Spears has "made it clear to her team" that performing at the halftime show again is her "dream." Spears last took to the Super Bowl stage in 2001 with Aerosmith and 'N Sync.

Luke Bryan

It would be silly to ignore country music,
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It would be silly to ignore country music, considering both the size of the genre and the tie it has to the sport, especially throughout the South. No country act has taken to the stage since 2003 (Shania Twain, alongside No Doubt and Sting). Bryan sang the national anthem for last season's Super Bowl, but it might be time to head back to the honky-tonk at halftime, too.

Led Zeppelin

We're a few years past the peak of
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We're a few years past the peak of "reunion act festival headliner," but we still haven't seen one of the biggest. The right combination of baby boomer nostalgia, later generational respect and novelty might get the NFL to back up Brinks trucks to the houses of Robert Plant, pictured, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones.

Rihanna

One of the most important traits for a
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One of the most important traits for a halftime performer may be recognizable singles, the types of songs so omnipresent that everyone has heard them. The R&B superstar has been writing chart-topping singles for more than a decade now. In addition, several of those have had guest features, appearances of whom would keep the show in the news for days. (Kanye West and Paul McCartney for a live version of "FourFiveSeconds"?)

The Roots

The
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The "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" house band has its own catalog of hits, sure, but it has always shown the ability to backup performers of all stripes. Having The Roots host a star-studded halftime with a wide range of singers and genres on display might be the most unifying show that the NFL could produce.

Stevie Wonder

In fairness, we want Stevie to perform everywhere
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In fairness, we want Stevie to perform everywhere -- concert halls, parades, storewide sales, everywhere. But looking at a list of legacy acts that have taken to the Super Bowl stage in recent years, Motown has been underrepresented. And Wonder has a catalog of hits that every American either knows or should know.

Kesha

Back in the spotlight following a turbulent sexual-abuse
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Back in the spotlight following a turbulent sexual-abuse legal case with former producer Dr. Luke, Kesha would unite a nation with tracks from her "Rainbow" album. The singer brought Madison Square Garden (and beyond) to tears after her Grammys performance of "Praying." Plus, her older hits such as "Tik Tok," "We R Who We R" and "Your Love Is My Drug" would provide for the ultimate singalong.

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