Rihanna Super Bowl Halftime Show 2023: Here's everything we know so far
The NFL tried to book Rihanna for the Super Bowl in 2019.
At the time, she declined in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco quarterback who filed a grievance with the NFL, believing he'd been blacklisted for kneeling during the national anthem to protest inequality and police brutality.
Kaepernick has since withdrawn his grievance and the multi-platinum superstar has agreed to headline the Super Bowl LVII halftime show at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Sunday, Feb. 12.
In an NFL press release announcing Rihanna's appearance on the world's biggest stage, former duet partner Jay-Z was quoted calling the singer "a generational talent."
He also called her "a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn" and "a person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever."
Rihanna followed the announcement by dropping a single from the soundtrack to "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," a gorgeous ballad titled "Lift Me Up."
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Is this the start of a Rihanna comeback?
The single peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100, her highest entry on that chart since 2016, when she and Drake hit No. 1 with "Work" (a song she's all but guaranteed to dust off at the Super Bowl, with or without him).
"Work" was featured on her latest full-length studio release, 2016's "Anti," which also included the Top 10 hits "Needed Me" and "Love on the Brain."
Since then, she's turned up on collaborations with Future, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D. and PartyNextDoor.
She's been busy with her line of Fenty Beauty cosmetics and Savage X Fenty lingerie line. And she also gave birth to her first child in May 2022.
Dropping "Lift Me Up" after announcing a Super Bowl halftime performance feels like a sign thatshe's ready to reclaim the musical spotlight — perhaps in advance of a tour?
She hasn't toured since 2016 when the Anti World Tour hit what was then called Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
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Can we expect a new Rihanna album now?
As to whether this could mean the singer is about to hit us with the long-awaited follow-up to "Anti," she was quick to shut that speculation down in a recent chat with the Associated Press.
“That’s not true," she said. "Super Bowl is one thing. New music is another thing. Do you hear that, fans?”
The singer then added, “The second that I announced this, I said, ‘Oh, my God, they’re going to think my album is coming. I need to get to work.'"
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How long is Rihanna's halftime show?
Halftime shows tend to last from 12 to 14 minutes at the Super Bowl.
Is Rihanna bringing special guests?
In a recent interview with E, the star addressed the prospect of revisiting a few of the collabs she's dropped along the way.
"Twelve minutes?" she said. "You could actually do that by yourself, but it's one of those things where you can decorate it however you want. So whether I choose to do it for myself or whether I choose to bring some of my peers on, it's..."
The singer paused then added, "I don't know what I'm gonna do yet. It's gonna be great either way."
Having said that, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label and entertainment firm partnered with the NFL in 2019 to select entertainers to work with the league, including for the Super Bowl's halftime.
Seems like he would want to bethere, standing under her umbrella.
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Do I have to see that Pepsi logo?
For the first time since 2013, the Super Bowl will not be sponsored by Pepsi.
Apple Music has stepped in, freeing up artists in relationships with Coke, like Taylor Swift, for instance, to perform.
When is Super Bowl 2023?
Super Bowl LVII will begin at 4:30 p.m. MST (3:30 p.m. Pacific, 6:30 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.
Where is Super Bowl 2023?
The Super Bowl is headed to Arizona in 2023, with two NFL teams facing off at State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
The stadium is located about 17 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix.
Super Bowl 2023 ticket prices
On Location has official Super Bowl tickets that are guaranteed by the NFL, which are included as part of packages options like open bars, tailgate food and pre-game parties.
The most inexpensive ticket packages start at $4,972.50. Premium packages start at $7,225 per person. Other, price-upon-request luxury ticket packages are available through the site.
Tickets are also currently available via resale sites such as Vivid Seats and Seat Geek.
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When has the Super Bowl played Arizona?
Arizona has hosted three previous Super Bowls.
On Jan. 28, 1996, the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sun Devil Stadium, 27-17. But what concerns us here, of course, is the halftime show, which was headlined by Diana Ross.
On Feb. 3, 2008, the Cardinals' Stadium in Glendale (then called University of Phoenix Stadium) hosted the game for the first time, a 17-14 win for the New York Giants over the New England Patriots. The halftime show was headlined by the late Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The game returned to what was still called University of Phoenix Stadium in 2015, a 28-24 Patriots win over the Seattle Seahawks, with Katy Perry doing all she could to steal the spotlight back from Left Shark. It was the most-viewed halftime show in broadcast history.
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How to watch Super Bowl 2023 on TV
The 2023 Super Bowl is scheduled to air on Fox in English and on Fox Deportes in Spanish, beginning at 4:30 p.m. MST.
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