Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl Half-time show in 2023

Rihanna had declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested police brutality against Black people and minorities by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

FILE PHOTO - Rihanna is set to star in the Super Bowl Half-time show in February 2023, the NFL announced on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO - Rihanna is set to star in the Super Bowl Half-time show in February 2023, the NFL announced on Sunday. | Photo Credit: AP

Rihanna had declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback who protested police brutality against Black people and minorities by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Rihanna will take center stage at the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2023.

The singer, who declined to perform in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday along with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Apple Music.

Rihanna posted an image on Instagram of an arm outstretched holding an NFL football.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation is an executive producer of the show, in a statement. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

The Super Bowl will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Feb. 12. After years of Pepsi’s sponsorship, the upcoming halftime show will be sponsored by Apple Music.

Rihanna earlier said she turned down a similar opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that was ultimately headlined by Maroon 5. At the time, many artists voiced support for Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who protested police brutality against Black people and minorities by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

“I couldn’t dare do that. For what?” Rihanna told Vogue in 2019. “Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way,” she said of the league.

Kaepernick accused the NFL of colluding to keep him out of the league in a case that was eventually settled in early 2019.

In 2019, the NFL partnered with Roc Nation (which manages Rihanna) to help pick performers for the Super Bowl and strategize on the halftime show. The widely acclaimed 2022 halftime show featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige.

With sales of more than 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna ranks as one of the best-selling female artists ever. Her last album was 2016’s “Anti.” Rihanna last performed publicly at the Grammy Awards in 2018.

In the years since, Rihanna has occasionally teased her music return. Earlier this year, she had her first child with the rapper ASAP Rocky.

All-time list of Super Bowl Half-time show performers

Super BowlYEARPERFORMER (S)CITY
I1967The Three Stooges, University of Arizona and Grambling State University marching bandsLos Angeles
II1968Grambling State University bandMiami
III1969“America Thanks” with the Florida A&M University band and Miami area high school bandsMiami
IV1970“Tribute to Mardi Gras” with Marguerite Piazza, Doc Severinsen, Al Hirt, Lionel Hampton and the Southern University Marching BandNew Orleans
V1971Southern Missouri State marching bandMiami
VI1972“Salute to Louis Armstrong” with Ella Fitzgerald, Carol Channing, Al Hirt and U.S. Marine Corps Drill TeamNew Orleans
VII1973“Happiness Is” with the University of Michigan marching band, Woody Herman and Andy WilliamsLos Angeles
VIII1974“A Musical America” with the University of Texas bandHouston
IX1975“Tribute to Duke Ellington” with Mercer Ellington and the Grambling State University bandNew Orleans
X1976“200 Years and Just a Baby: A Tribute to America's Bicentennial” with Up with PeopleMiami
XI1977“It’s a Small World” with the Los Angeles Unified All-City bandPasadena
XII1978“From Paris to the Paris of America” with Tyler Apache Belles and Apache Band Pete Fountain and Al HirtNew Orleans
XIII1979“Salute to the Caribbean” with Ken Hamilton and various Caribbean bandsMiami
XIV1980“A Salute to the Big Band Era” with Up with People and the Grambling State University marching bandPasadena
XV1981“A Mardi Gras Festival” with Helen O'Connell and the Southern University marching bandNew Orleans
XVI1982“A Salute to the 60s and Motown” with Up with PeoplePontiac
XVII1983“KaleidoSUPERscope” with the Los Angeles Super Drill TeamPasadena
XVIII1984“Salute to the Superstars of the Silver Screen” with the University of Florida and Florida State marching bandsTampa
XIX1985“A World of Children's Dreams” with Tops In BlueStanford
XX1986“Beat of the Future” with Up with PeopleNew Orleans
XXI1987“Salute to Hollywood's 100th Anniversary” with George Burns, Mickey Rooney, Grambling State University and USC marching bandsPasadena
XXII1988“Something Grand” with 88 grand pianos, the Rockettes, Chubby Checker and the combined San Diego State and USC marching bandsSan Diego
XXIII1989“Be Bop Bamboozled” with Elvis PrestoMiami
XXIV1990“Salute to New Orleans and 40th Anniversary of Peanuts,” with trumpeter Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas and the Nicholls State University and Southern University marching bandsNew Orleans
XXV1991“A Small World Tribute to 25 Years of the Super Bowl” performed by New Kids on the BlockTampa
XXVI1992 “Winter Magic” with Gloria Estefan, the University of Minnesota marching bandMinneapolis
XXVII1993“Heal the World” performed by Michael JacksonPasadena
XXVIII1994“Rockin' Country Sunday” with Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Wynonna and Naomi JuddAtlanta
XXIX1995“Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” with Tony Bennett, Patti LaBelle, Arturo Sandoval, the Miami Sound MachineMiami
XXX1996“Take Me Higher: A Celebration of 30 Years of the Super Bowl” performed by Diana RossTempe
XXXI1997“Blues Brothers Bash” with the Blues Brothers (Dan Akroyd, John Goodman and James Belushi), James Brown and ZZ TopNew Orleans
XXXII1998“A Salute to Motown's 40th Anniversary” with Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves and the Grambling State University marching bandSan Diego
XXXIII1999“Celebration of Soul, Salsa and Swing” performed by Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and Big Bad Voodoo DaddyMiami
XXXIV2000 “A Tapestry of Nations” with Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias and Toni BraxtonAtlanta
XXXV2001“The Kings of Rock and Pop” performed by Aerosmith, ‘N‘Sync, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and NellyTampa
XXXVI2002“Tribute to Sept. 11” performed by U2New Orleans
XXXVII2003Shania Twain, No Doubt and StingSan Diego
XXXVIII2004Janet Jackson, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Jessica Simpson, Nelly and Justin Timberlake along with the University of Houston and Texas Southern University marching bandsHouston
XXXIX2005Paul McCartneyJacksonville
XL2006The Rolling StonesDetroit
XLI2007Prince and the Florida A&M marching bandMiami
XLII2008Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersGlendale
XLIII2009 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street BandTampa
XLIV2010The WhoMiami
XLV2011The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, SlashArlington
XLVI2012Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. and Cee Lo GreenIndianapolis
XLVII2013Beyonce and Destiny's ChildNew Orleans
XLVIII2014Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili PeppersEast Rutherford
XLIX2015Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott and the Arizona State University marching bandGlendale
L2016Coldplay, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and the University of California marching bandSanta Clara
LI2017Lady GagaHouston
LII2018Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids along with the University of Minnesota marching bandMinneapolis
LIII2019Maroon 5 with Big Boi and Travis ScottAtlanta
LIV2020Jennifer Lopez and ShakiraMiami
LV2021The WeekndTampa
LVI2022Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J Blige, Kendrick LamarInglewood
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