Bono Not Welcome at the Super Bowl

01/13/2004 AT 03:55 PM EST

National Football League Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has rejected an offer by Bono to sing during the Feb. 1 Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, as part of an effort to raise awareness about the AIDS epidemic in Africa, New York's Daily News reports.

The U2 frontman, 43, had hoped to perform "An American Prayer," which he wrote and recorded last year in response to the crisis in Africa that last year alone killed more than 2 million people.

Bono, who with U2 had played at a tribute to the victims of September 11th during the 2002 Super Bowl, also reportedly secured the approval of MTV, which is producing the halftime show. But the NFL is saying that the break in the game should be used for amusement, not to promote causes.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Daily News, "We simply decided that we were going to have our halftime show, and we were going to deliver, as we do annually, an extremely entertaining halftime show ... we don't believe it's appropriate to focus on a single issue."

The NFL, however, still plans to participate in Bono's spring visit to Africa, where football players will accompany the musician, says the paper.

So far, Janet Jackson is the only performer who has been announced to perform at halftime this year. Beyonce Knowles, a Houston native, is booked to sing the national anthem before the game.

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