Rihana is confirmed to headline the Super Bowl LVII halftime show in February in Arizona: Complete story here!
Singer-turned-mogul Rihana is confirmed as one of the headliners of the 2023 Super Bowl LVII halftime show, and Riri fans are already over the moon. Rihana, 34, who has been out of the music world, with no live performances or albums since 2016, announced herself as one of the performers in the anticipated show.
The pop star shared a picture of her hand, holding an NFL-branded football in the air, with no caption. The same image was then shared by Apple Music, who recently announced a multiyear partnership with NFL for the halftime shows. Apple Music has replaced Pepsi, who sponsored the previous Super Bowl Show, headlined by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Anderson.Paak.
Rihana announced herself as a headliner of the 2023 Super Bowl LVII halftime show. Photo Source: Instagram
We couldn't think of a more appropriate partner for the world's most-watched musical performance," NFL SVP of partner strategy Nana-Yaw Asamoah said about the league's new partnership with the streaming service. So far, only the nine-time Grammy winner has been announced as the headliner, and it is not known if Rihana will be solo performing or with a fellow star.
The news comes not long after a swirling rumor claimed that Taylor Swift had turned down the opportunity to headline the show. Although Rihana's performance in the high-profile event is confirmed by many sources, including her management company, Roc Nation, led by Jay Z, it turns out a legion of Riri's fans are still in disbelief that the Grammy-winner is returning to the stage.
Rihana hasn't performed live or released an album since 2016. Photo Source: Instagram
Fans have since taken to social media, joking about Rihana's return, and that too through the Halftime Show. Many insinuated that the Umbrella crooner might use the Halftime Show to promote her business instead of performing. "When Rihana performs a 14-minute makeup tutorial at the halftime show," wrote a user with a relevant meme of the singer.
The singer previously claimed that she declined an offer to perform at the 2020 halftime show. Source: Hollywood Life
Although the upcoming Halftime Show, scheduled to be held on February 12, at State Farm in Glendale, Arizona, will be Rihana's first-time Superbowl performance, the Barbadian singer previously claimed that she turned down an offer to headline the 2020 show. "Who gains from that? I couldn't be a sellout," said the Grammy winner.
Further explaining the turndown offer, the Fenty founder said, "There are things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way." Rihana's rejection and statement were in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback, and civil rights activist.