Prince demonstrates his game plan


MIAMI -- Prince let his music do the talking on Thursday when he faced the media at a news conference covering Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show.

The singer, clad in a tunic-style orange jump suit, eschewed questions about his Super set, instead launching into a pulsating three-song performance to preview what should be a high-energy break from the NFL championship game.

The pre-game entertainment will be provided by local pop singer Gloria Estefan and the acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil, while Billy Joel will sing the National Anthem .

"I think people have always recognized that (the Super Bowl) is a form of entertainment," said Joel, who like Prince has won six Grammys and is a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

"It is the biggest television day of the year."

Last season's Super Bowl was again the top-rated U.S. telecast of the year, watched by 141 million in the United States, according to the NFL.

Around the world, 54 broadcasters will televise Sunday's game to 232 countries and territories in 33 languages.

Joel will become the first person to sing the National Anthem twice at a Super Bowl, previously doing the honors at Super Bowl XXIII also in Miami.