The NFL shared with NBC Sports that Gorman will recite an original poem before Super Bowl LV, as part of both the in-stadium pregame ceremony and the TV broadcast.
The poem will honor three everyday heroes who have been chosen as honorary game captains by the NFL. These people include Trimaine Davis, a Los Angeles teacher who fought to secure internet access and laptops for his students amid the pandemic, Suzie Dorner, a Tampa nurse who managed the COVID ICU at Tampa General Hospital, and James Martin, a Marine veteran who has helped veterans and their families connect virtually through the Wounded Warrior Project.
A day later, Gorman herself confirmed the news herself on Twitter.
"Humbled to be the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl! I'm so excited to place poetry at the forefront of the most watched U.S. television broadcast, and to honor three heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. Can’t wait for the world to hear their stories!" she wrote. "I also wanted to be the first to say that while it might seem like this opportunity must’ve came from my inauguration fame, I’ve actually been talking with the Super Bowl for weeks now, far prior to my invite to the inauguration. Had to keep my blessing secret till now."
I also wanted to be the first to say that while it might seem like this opportunity must’ve came from my inauguration fame, I’ve actually been talking with the Super Bowl for weeks now, far prior to my invite to the inauguration. Had to keep my blessing secret till now🙏🏿
Gorman isn't the only one helping with the pregame. Miley Cyrus will be performing as part of the TikTok Tailgate event, which will go down before the big game kicks off at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on Feb. 7.
"We're gonna use the stadium to present the show in a way that it's never been presented before," Collins told ET. "Instead of focusing on what we can't do [due to the pandemic], it's like, look at what the opportunities are because of the cards we've been dealt."
Collins is thrilled to have The Weeknd as this year's performer, and promises fans that the halftime show will be coming to them live.
"He's got monster hits, and he really worked hard to make sure that they are presented in a way, in a Super Bowl halftime format, in a live way that's never been done before," he said. "The key word is 'live,' like, we didn't go pre-tape this... It's all happening in that stadium, in that moment."