Rihanna will headline the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show.
The 34-year-old confirmed the news on Sunday (25.09.22) by sharing a picture of her tattooed arm clutching a soccer ball on her Instagram, hours after rumors started spreading she would be performing the gig.
Apple Music also tweeted: ITS ON. @rihanna will take the stage for the first-ever Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show on 2.12.23. #SBLVII @NFL @NFLonFox @RocNation,
The NFL tweeted the same image as Rihanna with the message: Lets GO #SBLVII.
Jay-Z’s entertainment agency Roc Nation, which has helped produce the halftime show for the past few years, and the National Football League also tweeted the same image, saying: Let’s go #SBLVII.
The captionless image of Rihanna was released hours after TMZ reported she was in talks to headline next year’s National Championship game.
In the first 20 minutes of her Instagram confirmation going live, she received nearly 700,000 likes, including one from musician Lizzo, who said online: Screaming.
Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place on February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium.
Jay-Z, 52, later said of the news: Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman from humble beginnings who exceeded expectations at every turn.
A person born on the small island of Barbados who has become one of the most prominent artists of all time. Self-taught in business and entertainment.
Rihanna turned down the chance to perform at the Super Bowl in 2019, saying she turned it down because of how 34-year-old Colin Kaepernick was allegedly treated by the NFL.
The former San Francisco 49er refused to perform the US national anthem at the start of games to protest police brutality and racial inequality and was not signed by any team after becoming a free agent, which Led to sue the NFL in November 2017, saying the team owners agreed not to hire him.
The lawsuit was dropped in 2019, Colin and the NFL reached a confidential settlement, but it remains unsigned.
Rihanna told Vogue of her decision: I couldn’t dare to do that. Why? Who benefits? Not my people.
I just couldn’t be sold. I couldn’t be a facilitator. There are things within this organization that I strongly disagree with, and I wasn’t about to go and do them any favors in any way.
The 2019 show was headlined by Adam Levines Maroon 5, with special guests Big Boi and Travis Scott.
Rihanna’s announcement follows reports that Taylor Swift, 32, was offered the halftime show but turned it down because she wanted to finish re-recording her first six albums first, according to TMZ.
The singer’s year saw the birth of her first child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky, 32, in May, with fans awaiting news of the release of her ninth studio album.