SOURCE: AP — Rihanna will take centre stage at February’s Super Bowl halftime show.
The singer, who declined to perform within the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show out of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday together with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Apple Music. Rihanna posted a picture on Instagram of an arm outstretched holding an NFL football.
“Rihanna is a generational talent, a girl of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, whose Roc Nation is an executive producer of the show, said in a press release. “An individual born on the small island of Barbados who became probably the most outstanding artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
The Super Bowl will happen at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on February 12. After years of Pepsi’s sponsorship, the upcoming halftime show might be sponsored by Apple Music.
Rihanna earlier said she turned down the same opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that was ultimately headlined by Maroon 5. On the time, many artists voiced support for Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose 2016 national anthem protests sparked debate throughout football.
“I couldn’t dare do this. 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 inside that organization that I don’t agree with in any respect, and I used to be not about to go and be of service to them in any way,” she said of the league.
With sales of greater than 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna ranks as one in every of the best-selling female artists ever. Her last album was 2016’s “Anti.”