On February 12, 2018, Rihanna will perform in the Super Bowl LVII halftime show at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, and Anderson Paak performed at Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California last year. According to the NFL , more than 120 million viewers watched that performance.
The NFL has announced a multiyear agreement with Apple Music for halftime shows, and Rihanna’s will be the first.
“We couldn’t think of a more appropriate partner for the world’s most-watched musical performance,” said NFL SVP of Partner Strategy Nana-Yaw Asamoah last week in a statement.
Across her career, Rihanna has released eight studio albums, winning nine Grammy Awards and 13 American Music Awards.
The switch is a deviation from 2019, when Rihanna said she had rejected an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl to support Kaepernick.
Rihanna told Vogue in a 2019 piece that she would have been an “enabler” if she had performed at the Super Bowl in Atlanta that year.
“I couldn’t dare do that,” she said. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people.”
Timothy is a senior writer based in Atlanta, specializing in celebrity-related news. She is always ready to cover trending TV stories with an unbiased perspective and a pinch of gossip.