Rihanna Will Take the Stage at 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Rihanna at the 5th Annual Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball in 2019. Photo by Gregory Pace/Shutterstock (10412685y)
Rihanna at the 5th Annual Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball in 2019. Photo by Gregory Pace/Shutterstock (10412685y)

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Rihanna perform live, but she’s gearing up for a major comeback! The Grammy-winning artist is set to take the stage at the 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show and serve as its latest headliner.

After a lot of speculations surrounding her possible involvement, Rihanna decided to make things official with a cheeky teaser on social media. She posted a photo of herself holding an NFL football, which was later reposted on the NFL’s social media channels and followed by official confirmation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career,” said Seth Dudowsky, NFL head of music, in a statement.

The NFL will join forces with Roc Nation and Apple Music for this halftime show performance, which marks a major turning point for the Super Bowl. The upcoming halftime show will be the first since 2013 not to be sponsored by the NFL’s long-time partner Pepsi.

The Super Bowl LVII will take place on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Rihanna is the first solo female headliner since Lady Gaga in 2017, and she’s following in the footsteps of the hip-hop greats Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar, who headlined the show this year.