Rihanna will be the lead actress at the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2023, the National Football League (NFL) has announced.
The 34-year-old singer and businesswoman will lead what might be America’s biggest musical solo performance, joining other pop titans like Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Madonna.
“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman from humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z, whose company Roc Nation is one of the show’s producers, on Sunday.
“A person who was born on the small island of Barbados and became one of the most prominent artists of all time. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
Rihanna, who is known backstage as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, previously turned down an offer to perform at the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who has not heard from an American since his on-field protests against racial injustice in 2016 football team was signed.
Not long before Sunday night’s announcement, Rihann had fanned the excitement by posting a picture of her hand holding an American football on Twitter.
Seth Dudowsky, the NFL’s music director, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Super Bowl halftime show stage…to bring fans another historic halftime show performance.”
The NFL is partnering with Apple Music to produce the halftime show, which will take place on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.
Since rising to stardom in the mid-noughties, Rihanna has expanded beyond music into film acting and the cosmetics business, and is the first black woman to head a luxury brand for French fashion giant LVMH.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/rihanna-2023-super-bowl-halftime-show-b2175034.html Rihanna to headline the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show