Singer Rihanna has slyly affirmed that she will be performing at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show in February 2023.
Roc Nation also officially confirmed the singer’s participation through a statement released on Sunday, reports ‘Variety’.
The singer shared a picture of an NFL-branded football on her Instagram. The post came amid reports that the singer was “in talks” to headline the next Halftime Show.
Check out the post here.
The game, which typically draws one of the biggest single TV audiences of the year, is scheduled to be played at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12.
“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z in the official announcement.
“A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
Although having Rihanna as a Halftime headliner is a logical conclusion on the Roc Nation front, the singer has not released an album since 2016.
She has commented vaguely about two different albums in the years since, with one being described as a dancehall album. However, details remain scarce.
Regardless, the announcement was enough to rile up fans of the R&B singer, who hope her primetime appearance means a new album is finally on the way.
Rihanna was also offered to headline the 2019 Halftime show but turned down the offer in a decision to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career,” Seth Dudowsky, NFL’s head of music, said in a statement.
“We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”
“Rihanna is an incredible recording artist who is a favorite for many millions of Apple Music customers around the world,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats.
“We’re excited to partner with Rihanna, Roc Nation and the NFL to bring music and sports fans a momentous show, what an incredible artist for the inaugural Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.”
Several fans took to Twitter to react to this. Check out a few tweets here:
Need Rihanna to bring him out at the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/NQB6p8mKrV
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) September 25, 2022
Now that Rihanna is confirmed for the Super Bowl halftime show, everyone has to watch this at least three times in a row. I don't make the rules. pic.twitter.com/obShKhfLdk
— ⚓️Imani Two-Kitchens Gandy⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) September 25, 2022
Rihanna at the Super Bowl: pic.twitter.com/XPnRCgMR7h
— Juanpi❌ (@revivalrarx) September 25, 2022
Rihanna fans after her Super Bowl halftime show announcement: pic.twitter.com/IUzjnLsgv5
— ۟ (@neverfenty) September 25, 2022
rihanna is the IDEAL superbowl performer, the catalogue of hits is crazy pic.twitter.com/d0Up7ur6Gb
— pop culture moments (@notgwendalupe) September 25, 2022
Earlier this year, the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show assembled a star-studded crew of artists including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.
The performance achieved five Creative Arts Emmy nominations and won three Creative Arts Emmys, including outstanding live variety special — a first-ever for the Halftime show.
Past Super Bowl Halftime Show performances include The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna, among others.