Rihanna is set to perform at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show. The 34-year-old multi-awarded singer shared a photo on Instagram showing her hand holding a football. She posted it on September 25 and though it didn’t come with a caption, fans were quick to guess what it meant.
Further, the NFL tweeted the same photo and captioned it, “Let’s GO – @rihanna @rocnation #SBLVII @AppleMusic @NFLonFOX.” Not only that but the singer’s record label, Roc Nation, also tweeted the same photo and caption.
Jay-Z released a statement through Roc Nation, NFL, and Apple Music stating, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
Meanwhile, NFL also confirmed to TMZ the singer’s participation. The outlet revealed earlier that there have been several discussions between Roc Nation and NFL for Rihanna to headline the show which is scheduled on February 12 at the State Far, Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Three years ago, Rihanna told Vogue that she was offered to perform at a Super Bowl halftime show with Colin Kaepernick but she turned it down. She explained, “For what? 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.”
Just this summer, Rihanna welcomed her first child, a son, with boyfriend, A$AP Rocky. She hasn’t performed onstage since the Grammy Awards in 2018. The last time she released a new album was in 2016 and she also hasn’t released new music for the last two years.
Instead, Rihanna has been focused on her beauty and fashion endeavors. The Fenty mogul teased about releasing a ninth studio album and has also started working on her documentary with director Peter Berg.
Prior to Rihanna’s confirmation, there were speculation about Taylor Swift headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show. NFL ended its partnership with Pepsi and Swift has been endorsing Coca-Cola before. However, People later confirmed that she won’t be doing it.