By Dan Snierson
Updated December 04, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST

Confirming a not-so-well-kept secret, the NFL and NBC announced today during tonight’s Detroit Lions-New Orleans Saints game that Madonna will indeed be the featured performer at the Super Bowl XLVI half-time show on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.

The 53-year-old Material Girl — whose romantic drama W.E. just happens to be hitting theaters two days before the game — will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil and Jamie King for the big gig. She is currently recording an album that’s slated to be released in 2012.

The Black Eyed Peas performed at last year’s Super Bowl, while the Who headlined the 2010 half-time show. The news of Madonna taking on the biggest night in television had been rumored since October.

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