Time for Rihanna Super Bowl. Rihanna joins a list of celebrated artists who have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and The Weeknd.
Rihanna is working on her Super Bowl halftime show, she’s so focused she almost forgets her birthday and Valentine’s Day.
The singer promised that it will be a show full of music and other elements.
The set list was the biggest challenge. That was the hardest. The hardest part, deciding how to maximize 13 minutes, but also celebrating, that’s what this show is going to be about, it’s going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best possible way,” Rihanna said.
In a media preview Thursday ahead of Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, the pop superstar and new mom said her appearance, her first live event in seven years, feels “like she’s just could have been now.”
“When you become a mother there is something that happens so you feel that you can take over the world, that you can do anything. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world,” Rihanna said. “There’s something exciting about the challenge that comes with it all.”
Winner of nine Grammys, Rihanna has charted 14 songs at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, including “We Found Love,” “Work,” “Umbrella,” and “Disturbia.” She and rapper A$AP Rocky recently had her first baby.
“At the end of the day, whether it fails or succeeds, my name will be on it. So I really get involved in every aspect of everything I do,” she said.
The halftime show’s new sponsor, Apple Music, held a moderated event on Thursday where journalist Nadeska Alexis was the only one allowed to ask Rihanna questions.
Rihanna joins a list of celebrated artists who have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show including Beyoncé, Madonna, Coldplay, Katy Perry, U2, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and The Weeknd. Last year hip hop was celebrated with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar performing together.
Rihanna had refused to appear at halftime in 2019 out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. But he has said that the timing and circumstances were right for her this time.
Country star Chris Stapleton will perform the national anthem, while R&B legend Babyface will sing “America the Beautiful.” Actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph will also perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” When asked which team she was going to for Sunday, Ralph said she supported the Eagles while Stapleton and Babyface said they supported Rihanna.
Oscar-winning deaf actor Troy Kotsur will perform the national anthem using American Sign Language. Colin Denny will perform “America the Beautiful” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be performed by Justina Miles.
Apple Music replaced Pepsi this year after a decade as a halftime sponsor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but according to analysts, the league is expected to rake in at least $50 million a year for the rights.Rihanna Super Bowl.