Rihanna is set to headline the Super Bowl LVII Halftime show in February next year.
Jay-Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation confirmed the news on Sunday, September 25.
"Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Jay-Z said in a statement as reported by Variety.
“A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment,” he added.
On her Instagram page, Rihanna posted a photo of her hand holding up an NFL football following the news, much to the excitement of her fans.
“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,” NFL’s Head of Music Seth Dudowsky said in a statement according to Variety.
“We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation, and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance,” he added.
The NFL Superbowl will be held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023.
The NFL Halftime Shows have featured performances from top artists in the world in the past including Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Snoop Dog, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars, among others.
Fans have been looking forward to seeing Rihanna perform again as she has not released music since her 2016 album called Anti.
The singer released numerous hits throughout her career including “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy,” “Only Girl in the World,” “What’s My Name?,” and “S&M,” among others. Her other commercially and critically-acclaimed albums include Unapologetic, Talk That Talk, Loud, and Rated R, among others. Rihanna has won nine Grammys to date.
Following her last album, the singer has ventured more into entrepreneurship. Among her business ventures is the cosmetics line Fenty Beauty which she launched in 2017 and the lingerie brand called Savage X Fenty which she launched in 2018.
In June 2022, Forbes named her as America’s youngest self-made female billionaire.