Rihanna fans, rejoice! The singer is officially set to be the 2023 Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show performer. She will take the field at Super Bowl LVII, scheduled for February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. The news was confirmed on Rihanna’s Instagram by a shot of her hand holding a football and the simple caption: “.”
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The confirmation is especially exciting for Rihanna’s fandom, known as the Navy, after the singer’s lengthy hiatus from music. Since the release of her last album, Anti, in 2016, she has focused on building up her clothing and beauty empires (namely, her lingerie brand, Savage x Fenty, and makeup and skincare line, Fenty Beauty), to say nothing of becoming a mother this past spring.
Every year, the Super Bowl Halftime Show draws some of the music world’s biggest stars. In 2021, the main stage saw Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, and Eminem perform, while back in 2020, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira took the spotlight with a memorable double act. The question is: With Rihanna now taking over the 2023 halftime slot, does this mean new music is also on the way? We can cross all our fingers and toes.
Originally published in Vogue.com