Next Sunday (12), the 57th edition of the Super Bowl takes place, the final game of the NFL season (National Football League), the American football league in the United States.
This is the largest television audience in the United States. In addition to bringing several movie trailers, the competition break is also highly anticipated for featuring a performance by a (very) famous artist. This year, that show will be in charge of Rihanna.
The performance will mark Riri’s return to the stage after a five-year hiatus. Her last appearance singing in public was at the 2018 Grammy Awards. A few weeks ago, Rihanna released a video promoting the event. Connect only:
The artist, born on the island of Barbados, released two new tracks last year as part of the soundtrack of the movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever“. The song “Lift Me Up” was nominated to Oscar for Best Original Song. The last studio album was “Anti”, in 2016. Therefore, it is expected that after the Super Bowl 2023 the singer will release the next project.
It is worth remembering that this will be Rihanna’s first time on the Super Bowl show, which usually features some of the biggest stars in international pop music. Among the musicians who have already performed Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, among others. A last performance it was left com Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige e Kendrick Lamar.
With such an anticipated event, information about the Super Bowl abounds. With that in mind, we’ve separated below everything we know so far about Rihanna’s performance. Connect only:
Where to watch the Super Bowl with Rihanna?
The 57th Super Bowl takes place on the night of next Sunday, February 12, directly from State Farm Stadium, in Arizona, in the United States. The match will feature the Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs final, will be broadcast live from 8:30 pm (Brasília time) and will be shown on open TV by Rede TV, in addition to being broadcast by ESPN (cable) and Star+ ( streaming).
Or what do you expect from Rihanna’s non-Super Bowl performance?
Rumors keep popping up about Rihanna’s performance at the event. a source of insider deuxmoi shared this Sunday (5) possible details of the setlist of the presentation.
“Their setlist will be mostly older hits, very few from ‘ANTI’. She won’t be featuring anything from Wakanda Forever. And she works nights, so she comes in late in the day and rehearses overnight until 5-6am,” the source said.
“However, I’m told that she frequently changes her mind about the setlist, so the version I’m told may already be obsolete,” he warned. Finally, the source spoke about the possible special guests that Riri will be able to bring to the stage: “I haven’t heard anything about her having a guest“.
— deuxmoi (@deuxmoiworld) February 5, 2023
Will there be a new album or tour announcement?
According to the Varietyin an article published last Thursday (2), Rihanna is preparing to release the highly anticipated studio album shortly after her performance at the 2023 Super Bowl. More than 100 million viewers are expected — in the United States alone — will be on TV to follow Riri’s performance.
If that actually happens, it will be the highest number since 2018, when Justin Timberlake performed. In addition Variety claims that a younger audience will be attracted to television, which will see a significant increase in viewership. In this way, taking advantage of the moment, Rihanna would be willing to make her new album available on Apple Music (sponsor of the show) shortly after the closure.
Rihanna may also be preparing to announce her first world tour in 7 years. According to british newspaper The Sunthe singer would start her new tour of North America later this year and would already have certain dates for Europe in 2024.
Still according to The Sun, Rihanna is planning “mini residences” in the main cities of the planet. About the show at the Super Bowl, a source spoke to the British portal and said: “Rihanna’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime will be one of the best of all time. She has been working overtime on every element of the show.”
“The list of songs that entered are very comprehensive and touch on all eras of Rihanna, including the new one that she is about to begin”, he added. Jeez! I wonder what’s coming? Furthermore, it is speculated that the singer has closed a multimillion-dollar deal with Apple Music, the new sponsor of the event, to document her return to the stage.
Will the presentation become a documentary?
According to a source close to the British website, behind-the-scenes meetings and rehearsals for the show will serve as the main focus of the documentary. In addition, the singer and businesswoman will give unpublished testimonials about the last years of her career, in which she was away from the stage after becoming a mother.
Who will make a special appearance?
Rihanna was announced as the headliner for the halftime show in September of last year. While major details about the show have yet to be released, the likes of Jay-Z and A$AP Rocky are expected to join her on the most watched and talked about stage in the world.
Surrounded by mysteries, check out which artists are confirmed, so far, to join Rihanna in her return performance: Chris Stapleton, renowned country singer, will be responsible for giving voice to the national anthem of the United States before departure. Babyface, a rising R&B talent in the United States, will sing “America the Beautiful”.
The opening of the Halftime Show will be performed by actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, with “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Written in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson, the song has the situation of African Americans at the end of the 19th century as a context, bringing a request for fidelity and freedom. The song became very popular among black communities, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) considers it the “black national anthem” since 1917. Big names in the industry have sung the track on some occasions, such as Beyoncé.