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Coldplay to play 2016 Super Bowl halftime show: 'We are excited and honored'

Last year's Super Bowl halftime show, which featured Katy Perry and her scene-stealing sidekick Left Shark, is going to be tough to beat. But now we know who'll be following in their footsteps.

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin: We’re ‘honored’ to play the Super Bowl

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Coldplay’s Chris Martin: We’re ‘honored’ to play the Super Bowl

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It's Coldplay!

The band is set to headline Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Feb. 7, 2016. Coldplay announced the news on Twitter Thursday evening.

In a promotional video, the band's frontman, Chris Martin, said: "We are excited and honored and thrilled to be playing the halftime show."

"It's going to be wonderful and I hope we see you there," he added.

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Musician Chris Martin of Coldplay performs onstage at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 18, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

In the video, the band's artistic director, Phil Harvey, also revealed that there would be a "special guest," but did not specify who would be joining the show.

Other recent Super Bowl performers have included Bruno Mars (2014), Beyonce (2013) and Madonna (2012).

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This is an exciting week for fans of the British rockers, known for hits such as "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida": Coldplay's much-anticipated seventh album, “A Head Full of Dreams,” is out Friday, Dec. 4.

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