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Black Eyed Peas to play at Super Bowl

Hamish Hamilton is directing halftime show

The Black Eyed Peas have been tabbed to play at halftime at Super Bowl XLV.

The Super Bowl, TV’s most-watched program of the year, will be staged Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium and aired on Fox. There had been speculation for months that the Peas would be participating, but official word came during the New Orleans-Dallas game Thursday.

Last year’s halftime show, in which the Who performed, was watched by an estimated 153 million. Others to perform during halftime on football’s biggest day have included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

Of course, no musician made more headlines at the Super Bowl than Janet Jackson. During the 2004 show, her breast was exposed while on stage during a duet with Justin Timberlake. The repercussions were great, including an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission and fines against CBS, which telecast the game.

The 2011 halftime show will be exec produced by Ricky Kirshner and directed by Hamish Hamilton.