Rihanna confirmed as the Only Girl for the Super Bowl LVII halftime show!
Glendale, Arizona - Rihanna will Take a Bow at the Super Bowl halftime show after she was confirmed as the headlining act!
The Umbrella singer announced her new gig Sunday, sharing a photo on social media of a hand holding a football in the air that was then retweeted by the NFL and Roc Nation, which has a long-term deal with the NFL to "advise" on the halftime show performer.
"Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn," Roc Nation founder Jay-Z said 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."
Seth Dudowsky, who oversees music at the NFL, also called her a "once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career."
Rihanna takes up an opportunity she previously passed on
With week 3 of the NFL underway, Super Bowl 2023 is still almost five months out, but this development has at least put an early end to rampant rumor-mongering.
Taylor Swift, who has a new album due out in October, was the talk of the town over the past couple of days, but reportedly passed until she rerecords all of her albums to get out from under the control of former manager Scooter Braun.
Rihanna was previously offered the stage at the 2020 championship, but turned down the job in support of Colin Kaepernick.
"I just couldn’t be a sellout, I couldn’t be an enabler," she told Vogue in October 2019. "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."
Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to be played on Feb. 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Last season’s final game was featured a hip-hop extravaganza that included Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent at SoFi Stadium in California.
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