The stage is set, and Rihanna will be front and center, at the next Super Bowl Half Time Show. The artist confirmed her appearance through an instagram post that went out shortly after reports of her possibly headlining were released.
The game, which typically draws one of the biggest single TV audiences of the year, is scheduled to be played at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 12, 2023 and after ten years Pepsi has stepped down as the lead sponsor. Apple Music will serve as a sponsor for the halftime show, replacing the NFL’s previous longtime partner. “We’re excited to partner with Rihanna, Roc Nation and the NFL to bring music and sports fans a momentous show,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats.
Though this is the first time Rihanna will be headlining the Half Time Show, she was in fact offered to do so back in 2019. However, the star turned down the offer in a decision to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick during a time of national uncertainty and controversy. Fans seem to be extremely excited for Rihanna’s epic performance, but the singer has not actually released a new album since 2016. Is this a sign that Rihanna is back in action and will be releasing songs up until the performance? We could only hope.