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Rihanna’s 2023 Super Bowl halftime show: What to know



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Rihanna is able to tackle the 2023 Tremendous Bowl for her much-anticipated comeback, years after her final reside efficiency.

On Sunday, the Grammy winner will shine within the highlight as soon as once more for a set she has described as a “celebration of my catalog.” Like her followers, the “Umbrella” singer is aware of it has been a sizzling minute since she’s carried out for a reside viewers, however the new mother mentioned she and her workforce have put within the work (work, work, work, work) to orchestrate an “virtually not possible” set.

“The Tremendous Bowl is likely one of the largest levels on this planet in order scary as that was, as a result of I haven’t been on stage in seven years, there’s one thing exhilarating in regards to the problem of all of it,” the singer mentioned Thursday in a pre-show interview with Nadeska Alexis for Apple Music. “It’s vital for me to do that yr.”

From the set listing to potential visitors, right here’s the whole lot we learn about Riri’s Tremendous Bowl efficiency:

When and the place will Rihanna carry out?

The “Raise Me Up” singer will headline the halftime present at Tremendous Bowl LVII, which can happen Sunday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out for the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. Kickoff is ready for 3:30 p.m. Pacific.

As implied, Rihanna will carry out her set on the halfway level of the Tremendous Bowl — or after the second quarter, for individuals who don’t know a lot in regards to the sports-ball.

A woman in black sings into a microphone while a man plays guitar and sings

Rihanna carried out with Paul McCartney on the 2015 Grammys.

(John Shearer / Invision / Related Press)

In her Apple Music interview Thursday, the singer mentioned she’s going to carry out on a stage that might be constructed after which damaged down by “three to 4 hundred folks” in a matter of eight minutes.

How can I watch the efficiency?

Followers trying to see Rihanna’s mini-concert should tune in to Tremendous Bowl LVII. The soccer recreation will air on Fox.

Viewers with out cable can watch the sport on the NFL+ cellular app. Streaming platforms together with Hulu, fuboTV and Sling additionally provide live-TV streaming.

What’s going to she carry out?

Rihanna’s catalog boasts greater than a decade of hits starting from 2005’s “Pon de Replay” to 2016’s “Love on the Mind.” However not all of them will make the Tremendous Bowl efficiency, the singer mentioned.

“[The halftime show is] going to be a celebration of my catalog in the easiest way that we might have put it collectively,” she informed Apple Music. “You solely have 13 minutes. That’s the problem. You’re making an attempt to cram 17 years of labor into 13 minutes.”

Rihanna mentioned she and her workforce got here up with dozens of variations of the set listing earlier than deciding on the present association — which is the thirty ninth. Whereas some followers may miss some songs, Rihanna mentioned “that’s going to be OK.

“I feel we did a fairly good job at narrowing it down.”

Among the many Barbados-born artist’s hottest songs are “Umbrella,” “We Discovered Love,” “Solely Lady (within the World) and “S&M.”

Will she have any visitors?

A man in a suit and a woman in a blue dress accept an award onstage

Jay-Z and Rihanna settle for an award on the 2008 Grammys.

(Kevork Djansezian / Related Press)

Rihanna has stored many specifics of her Tremendous Bowl halftime present below wraps, together with whether or not she’ll deliver any visitors on stage together with her.

Former collaborators Jay-Z and T.I. are closely rumored as anticipated cameo appearances, in response to TMZ. The web site reported Thursday that A$AP Rocky, who welcomed a baby boy with Rihanna in May, can be rumored to be becoming a member of the singer.

In recent times, the Tremendous Bowl present has featured quite a few visitor cameos. In 2022, 50 Cent joined headliners Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, who headlined the 2020 halftime show, introduced out Dangerous Bunny and J Balvin.

That mentioned, it’s possible that Rihanna will deliver out some particular visitors. However even when she doesn’t, viewers are already profitable with a Riri solo present.

Has she carried out on the Tremendous Bowl earlier than?

Sunday might be Rihanna’s first time taking the Tremendous Bowl stage.

However in 2019, the Fenty Magnificence founder told Vogue it was “completely” true that she turned down the chance to carry out at on the annual recreation.

Rihanna, and fellow celebs together with Ava DuVernay and Cardi B, boycotted the Tremendous Bowl that yr in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who has protested in opposition to police brutality by taking a knee throughout the nationwide anthem.

“I couldn’t dare try this. For what?” she mentioned. “Who beneficial properties from that? Not my folks. I simply couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s issues inside that group 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 means.”

So, why is Rihanna headlining the Tremendous Bowl now?

A woman with her jacket falling off one shoulder poses in front of a big logo

Rihanna promotes her upcoming halftime present Thursday in Phoenix.

(Mike Stewart / Related Press)

Over time, it appears the singer has come round to the Tremendous Bowl (to some fans’ dismay), however that’s not all that has modified.

Going into Tremendous Bowl Sunday, Rihanna now’s greater than only a singer and businesswoman — she’s a father or mother. She informed Apple Music that being a mom prompted her to carry out.

“If you grow to be a mother, there’s one thing that simply occurs the place you are feeling like you would tackle the world, you would do something,” she mentioned.

Making ready for the “jam-packed present” took a toll on her postpartum physique, Rihanna mentioned, however “it’s vital for my son to see that” ambition.

Moreover, she mentioned the Tremendous Bowl halftime present is about “representing immigrants, representing my nation Barbados, representing Black girls in every single place.

“It’s a good distance from residence, it’s a ravishing journey that I’m on and I might have by no means guessed that I might have made it right here,” she mentioned. “So it’s a celebration of that.”