Everyone Is Pumped Rihanna Is Headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show

This will be the biggest musical event of 2023, mark my words.

S-O-S, please, someone help me because Rihanna is headlining the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show! News first broke on Sunday after the nine-time Grammy winner posted a captionless Instagram photo of what appears to be her hand hoisting an NFL football.

Within seconds, #Rihannasuperbowl was trending on Twitter and any rumors of Taylor Swift performing at Super Bowl XLVII were immediately squashed. Sorry Swifties, better luck next year!

A few hours later, Roc Nation confirmed the headlining news on Instagram. The record label shared the same image as Rihanna with the caption, “Let’s GO – @badgalriri @NFL #SBLVII @AppleMusic @NFLonFOX.”

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment,” Jay-Z said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

NFL Head of Music’s Seth Dudowsky also gave a comment to the outlet: “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. We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”

RiRi fans, including celebrities, are freaking out over the news.

Lest we forget, it’s been six whole years since we’ve got a new album from the “Don’t Stop the Music” singer. We earned this. She earned this.

I think Justin Bieber’s IG comment summed it up best: “The queen is back.”

Other celebrity reactions have come raining in. “omggggg the fenty bowl is coming,” Bravo WWHL commented, while former Super Bowl halftime performer Katy Perry wrote, “Hell yeah.”

“Screaming,” Lizzo added to the thread, to which Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty brand responded, “SAME SIS!!”

Twitter is ablaze with fan reactions.

What if we just skip the football part and do live Rihanna concert series instead?

Meanwhile, others are starting to put together their dream Rihanna set list.

Who else is ready for a dramatic waterworks show starring Fenty umbrellas and raincoats?!

Some fans are saying Rihanna’s halftime performance could be the perfect opportunity to announce a new album.

New album or not, we’re just so excited to see Rihanna back on stage!

Emily Weaver
Emily is a NYC-based freelance entertainment and lifestyle writer — though, she’ll never pass up the opportunity to talk about women’s health and sports (she thrives during the Olympics). Read more
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