Rihanna Headlining Super Bowl Halftime Show 2023: When Is It & Everything Else To Know

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Rihanna is going to beryllium headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show adjacent twelvemonth successful Arizona! The superstar, 34, confirmed reports that were making rounds earlier successful the time with a elemental — but almighty — station via her Instagram connected Sunday, Sept. 25. Her tattooed manus was seen holding up an NFL-branded shot against a crisp achromatic inheritance successful the image, alongside a caption with conscionable a period.

The NFL confirms Rihanna volition beryllium headlining the Super Bowl. (Twitter/NFL)

No further mentation was indispensable arsenic the Rihanna Navy (the nickname for her fans) and everyone other astir the satellite instantly knew what the station meant, confirmed soon thereafter by producers Roc Nation and the NFL Twitter accounts. “Let’s GO @Rihanna @NFL #SBLVII @AppleMusic @NFLonFOx,” a tweet from Roc Nation — shared by the NFL — read. Later successful the day, the NFL besides updated their Twitter bio to work “national fenty league” tagging some Rihanna and Apple Music.

The NFL cheekily updated their Instagram bio to work “national fenty league” — a notation to Rihanna’s ineligible surname and Fenty Beauty brand. (Twitter/NFL)

Rihanna is an unthinkable signaling creator who is simply a favourite for galore millions of Apple Music customers astir the world,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, successful a statement. “We’re excited to spouse with Rihanna, Roc Nation, and the NFL to bring euphony and sports fans a momentous amusement — what an unthinkable creator for the inaugural Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.” With each that hype, here’s what you request to cognize astir Rihanna’s Halftime Show

Rihanna confirmed she’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show successful 2023. (Joanne Davidson/Shutterstock)

When Is The Super Bowl

Super Bowl LVII is acceptable to instrumentality spot connected Feb. 1223, astatine State Farm Stadium successful Glendale, Arizona — marking the 4th clip Phoenix has hosted the legendary sporting event. The halftime amusement is besides produced by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, the statement Rihanna has been signed to since her debut mode backmost successful 2005 with “Pon De Replay.” Jay-Z has held the shaper relation with the NFL since 2019, overseeing Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s joint show successful 2020, The Weeknd successful 2012, arsenic good arsenic Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar’s in 2022. Notably, this twelvemonth marks the archetypal since 2013 that Pepsi is not the presenting sponsor — with Apple Music taking their place.

“Rihanna is simply a generational talent, a pistillate of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations astatine each turn,” Jay-Z said successful a connection issued connected SepSept. 25ter the societal media announcement. “A idiosyncratic calved connected the tiny land of Barbados who became 1 of the astir salient artists ever. Self-made successful concern and entertainment,” the New York autochthonal besides said, referencing RiRi’s monolithic empire that includes Fenty Beauty, her Savage X Fenty lingerie line, and more.

Was Taylor Swift Supposed To Perform?

Taylor Swift, connected the signifier (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock)

There was a unreserved of Halftime rumors days earlier Rihanna’s announcement (which apt prompted her to stock this news.) Variety reported that Taylor Swift had signed connected to play the sports spectacular, which sent the Swifties into a tizzy. For some, it made consciousness that Taylor would play the show. She is dropping her tenth workplace album, Midnights, connected OctOct. 21022, and the Super Bowl is often the kickoff for a large satellite tour. However, that was not the case. PEOPLE reported that Taylor was not playing the show, and sources told HollywoodLife that the study was correct. TMZ aboriginal reported that Taylor was offered the slot, but she declined truthful she could proceed her Taylor’s Version series – the re-recording of her archetypal six albums truthful that she could ain masters of the songs pursuing a nationalist clash with Scooter Braun.

When Was The Last Time Rihanna Performed Live

When Rihanna takes the tract of State Farm Stadium, it volition beryllium her archetypal nationalist show successful much than four years. Rihanna past performed connected the satellite signifier astatine the 2018 Grammy Awards, joining DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller for an astonishing rendition of “Wild Thoughts.” Since then, Ri has been engaged becoming a global manner icon, welcoming a babe with A$AP Rocky, and occasionally doing thing that gives fans anticipation that a ninth workplace album is connected its way. The Super Bowl show mightiness beryllium portion of that album’s rollout.

Rihanna playing the large crippled is astonishing since she turned down the accidental successful 2019 arsenic she stood successful solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. “I couldn’t situation bash that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people,” she said to Vogue magazine months later. “I conscionable couldn’t beryllium a sellout. I couldn’t beryllium an enabler. There’s things wrong that enactment that I bash not hold with astatine all, and I was not astir to spell and beryllium of work to them successful immoderate way.” Maroon 5 headlined that aforesaid year to lukewarm reviews.

Taylor Swift ace fans volition besides callback a philharmonic transportation betwixt the Pennsylvania autochthonal and Rihanna: Taylor wrote the 2016 way “This Is What You Came For” with her then-boyfriend Calvin Harris under the Swedish-sounding pseudonym Nils Sjöberg. The DJ produced the bushed portion Rihanna provided the pb vocals, with Taylor besides credited connected the opus for back-up. Only clip volition tell, but a astonishment quality by Taylor to execute the opus alongside Rihanna would beryllium epic.