Rihanna has been confirmed as the headlining performer at the 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show. It will mark Rihanna’s first public performance since she played at the 2018 Grammy Awards with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller. Earlier this week, it was rumored that Taylor Swift would be playing this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show, but sources subsequently told TMZ that Swift had turned down the opportunity. Super Bowl LVII takes place on February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with Apple Music replacing Pepsi as the show’s sponsor.
“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.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” NFL head of music Seth Dudowsky stated. “We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”
Rihanna’s last album, Anti, came out in 2016.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 25, 2022