Fact Check

Did the NFL Consider Banning Taylor Swift from Super Bowl LVIII?

An online article referred to the purported news about the singer-songwriter as "a surprising turn of events."

Published Jan 31, 2024

Taylor Swift walks off the field following the AFC Championship between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on January 28, 2024 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) (Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
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Claim:
An online article says the NFL considered banning Taylor Swift from Super Bowl LVIII.

On Jan. 30, 2024, the SpaceX Fanclub Facebook page posted that the NFL was considering banning 12-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist Taylor Swift from performing at Super Bowl LVIII. The post showed an image consisting of photos of Swift and a wide shot of a football game above a bolded headline.

A rumor said that the NFL was considering banning Taylor Swift from attending and performing at the Super Bowl.

The post's pinned comment led to an article on esspots.com that began as follows:

Breaking: NFL Reportedly Considering Banning Taylor Swift from Super Bowl, "We're Tired of Her"

In a surprising turn of events, the National Football League (NFL) is reportedly considering banning pop superstar Taylor Swift from performing at the Super Bowl, with a high-ranking official quoted as saying, "We're tired of Taylor Swift." This news comes as a shock to many, given Swift's immense popularity and her status as one of the world's biggest music icons.

However, this story was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as specializing in satire, parody and humor, as follows:

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Here are the facts: Super Bowl LVIII takes place on Feb. 11, 2024. The matchup will pit the San Francisco 49ers against the Kansas City Chiefs. Swift is expected to possibly be in attendance to support her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. She is not, however, part of the announced halftime show for the 2024 game, nor is she one of several performers who are scheduled to sing or provide music. The halftime show will be headlined by eight-time Grammy winner Usher.

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Sources

Landrum, Jr., Jonathan. "From Marching Bands to Megastars, the Super Bowl Halftime Show Emerges as a Major Sports Spectacle." The Associated Press, 31 Jan. 2024, https://apnews.com/article/super-bowl-halftime-show-evolution-871dc42f17b26dc4f2503504edf44995.

McCarriston, Shanna. "Will Taylor Swift Be at 2024 Super Bowl to See Chiefs' Travis Kelce? How Japan Tour Dates Align with Big Game." CBSSports.com, 30 Jan. 2024, https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/will-taylor-swift-be-at-2024-super-bowl-to-see-chiefs-travis-kelce-how-japan-tour-dates-align-with-big-game/.

Mikkelson, David. "Why We Include Humor and Satire in Snopes.Com." Snopes, 15 Aug. 2019, https://www.snopes.com/notes/why-we-include-humor-and-satire-in-snopes-com/.

Nelson, Dustin. "Here's Everyone Performing at the 2024 Super Bowl." EW.com, 26 Jan. 2024, https://ew.com/super-bowl-2024-performers-usher-halftime-reba-mcentire-national-anthem-8546391.

"Taylor Swift." Grammy.com, https://grammy.com/artists/taylor-swift/15450.

"Usher." Grammy.com, https://grammy.com/artists/usher/16167.

Jordan Liles is a Senior Reporter who has been with Snopes since 2016.