Rihanna headlining Super Bowl 2023 halftime show

Rihanna is confirmed to headline the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Yes! Rihanna is work, work, work, work, workin’ her way to the Super Bowl.

The singer confirmed she’s headlining the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show in Glendale, Ariz., by posting a photo of herself holding a football via her Instagram feed on Sunday.

The caption-less image was posted just hours after we reported that Rihanna was in talks to headline next year’s national championship game.

“IT’S ON. @rihanna will take the stage for the first ever Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show on 2.12.23,”

The news comes after a flurry of updates regarding this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. Following rumors of Taylor Swift being asked to perform, it was subsequently reported that the singer-songwriter turned down the opportunity. Apple Music recently stepped in as the new presenting sponsor of the Super Bowl Halftime Show, taking the place of Pepsi after a decade.

Rihanna and the NFL have announced that she’s headlining the 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show. It marks Rihanna’s first public performance since her appearance with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Super Bowl LVII takes place on February 12 and will broadcast live on Fox.

Roc Nation – who has helped produce the halftime show over the past few years – and the National Football League wrote, “Let’s GO” with the hashtag “SBLVII.”

Following the exciting news, Roc Nation founder Jay-Z released the following statement:

“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.”

Super Bowl Halftime Show headliners: 2012 Madonna 2013 Beyoncé 2014 Bruno Mars 2015 Katy Perry 2016 Coldplay 2017 Lady Gaga 2018 Justin Timberlake 2019 Maroon 5 2020 Shakira & JLo 2021 The Weeknd 2022 Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige & Kendrick Lamar 2023 Rihanna

Rihanna, 34, was previously approached to perform the halftime show for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

However, she turned it down at the time amid controversy surrounding the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was both praised and criticized for taking a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice.

“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler,” Rihanna told Vogue in October 2019.

“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.”

The show was ultimately headlined by Adam Levine’s pop rock band, Maroon 5, with special guests Big Boi and Travis Scott.

Prior to her 2018 Grammys performance, Rihanna’s last tour was a 2016 run behind her last album Anti. This year, she welcomed her first child with A$AP Rocky. The same year she performed at the Grammys, Vogue ran an article indicating that Rihanna was making a reggae album; she later confirmed as much, but the album has yet to materialize.

As for Rihanna, her appearance will follow 2022’s star-studded lineup of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar, who performed at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., for Super Bowl LVI.

The “Diamonds” singer has had a busy year after giving birth to her first child, a baby boy, with A$AP Rocky in May. Meanwhile, her fans have still been patiently waiting for an update on the release of her ninth studio album, following 2016’s “Anti.”

Perhaps we’ll finally get new music ahead of the big game?

Super Bowl LVI is set to take place on Feb. 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium.

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