Make way for Rihanna. On Sunday (September 26), the pop icon and first-time mom confirmed that she’s headlining the Super Bowl LVII halftime show with a minimal photo of her palming a football. The news comes seven months after Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak took over the Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.
Dr. Dre praised the future Super Bowl headliner, proclaiming to be a “super fan” of the “Diamonds” singer.
“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 said while speaking to Ebro Darden on Apple Music 1.
When asked if he had any advice for Rihanna, Dr. Dre shared that she should have creative minds in her circle.
“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.”
Like Dr. Dre, it appears that Rih is narrowing down a list of potential Halftime guests, including past collaborators like Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Calvin Harris, Paul McCartney and Pharrell, per TMZ. There’s a chance that Rih could also perform solo.
Celebrating Sunday’s Super Bowl LVII announcement were Seth Dudowsky, NFL’s head of music and Roc Nation founder JAY-Z.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” said Dudowsky. “Rihanna is a once in a generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career.”
“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” JAY-Z added. “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 2018, Rihanna previously declined to perform at the Super Bowl to support free agent Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. In 2019, Kaepernick reached an undisclosed settlement with the NFL after the former San Francisco 49ers player claimed he was kept out of playing for the NFL since 2016. That same year, Rihanna appeared in a Super Bowl 50 commercial with Stephen Colbert.
Fans have awaited Rihanna’s return to music since the Bajan singer released her eighth studio album Anti in 2016. Since then, the Ambassador of Barbados has focused on her ever-growing empire with her lingerie company Savage x Fenty, cosmetic line Fenty Beauty, skincare brand Fenty Beauty and more. On May 13, the singer gave birth to her first child, a son, shared with rapper and business mogul A$AP Rocky.
The Super Bowl LVII airs live from Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023.
This story was updated on Tuesday, September 27.
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