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Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl halftime show in February

“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.

Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl halftime show in February

FILE PHOTO: Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala - Met Gala - In America: A Lexicon of Fashion - Arrivals - New York City, U.S. - September 13, 2021. Rihanna. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February in Glendale, Arizona, the National Football League (NFL) announced on Sunday (Sep 25).

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 along with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and Apple Music. Rihanna posted an image on Instagram of an arm outstretched holding an NFL football.

The Grammy-winning Barbadian singer is filling one of the most coveted slots in the US music calendar, watched by millions of television viewers annually. Previous halftime performers have included Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

The Super Bowl, the biggest event in American football, takes place at Glendale's State Farm Stadium on Feb 12. After years of Pepsi's sponsorship, the upcoming halftime show will be sponsored by Apple Music.

“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.”

Rihanna's fans have waited for years for the promised follow-up to her eighth studio album Anti from 2016, which included the hit single Work. Earlier this year, she had her first child with the rapper ASAP Rocky.

Source: Agencies/sr
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