After declining the first invitation to be on the performing list, Rihanna is finally going to sing during next year’s Super Bowl Halftime show. The announcement was followed by fellow musicians cheering for the pop singer, as well as giving her advice.
At Last, Rihanna Performs
NFL shared the announcement on September 25, followed by Rihanna’s new post on Instagram, which depicts her hand holding an NFL football. Roc Nation, the singer’s agency, is an executive producer of the Super Bowl Halftime show. “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z in a statement after the news dropped. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.” In 2019, the singer declined a similar proposal from the NFL, when Maroon 5 performed instead. She was showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The latter showed his protest towards police brutality against Black people and minorities, kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.
At the time, Kaepernick made a bold statement about the NFL keeping him out of the league. That case was resolved in 2019. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what?” Rihanna shared with Vogue in 2019. “Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s 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.” Yet, the same year the NFL partnered with Roc Nation to pick performers for the other Super Bowl Halftime show.
And one of those shows made history…
Best Appearance At The Super Bowl Halftime Show
Thanks to Roc Nation’s outstanding powers, the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show carried the legacy of one of the best collaborations ever. It featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige. That said, Dr. Dre was excited to share his knowledge and advice with Rihanna. The same day, on September 25, he talked to Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1, pointing out how the singer will headline next year’s NFL. “Oh, my god. Let me tell you something, man. I actually just got the news that Rihanna’s going to do it, and I’m a super fan of Rihanna and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do,” he commented on the radio station from Apple Music, which is also an official sponsor for the event.
“I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It’s fantastic. She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high,” he added. As for the advice, it was pretty simple – enjoy your own performance. “Put the right people around you, and have fun,” said Dre. “That’s basically what it is, making sure you have the right creative people around you. She might want to look into some of the people that we used to do our show.”
Super Bowl LVII will take place on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.