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It’s official! Rihanna will be performing at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show next year. 

Fans of the Bajan beauty were sent reeling with excitement after the star took to social media with a picture of her hand clutching a football. Moments later, the NFL confirmed the big news with a statement from Roc Nation CEO Jay Z, who called the Fenty Beauty founder “a generational talent” and “a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn.”

Jay-Z also called the Roc Nation artist: “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

After the announcement, Rihanna’s dedicated navy fanbase flooded the internet with all sorts of reactions.

“NFL GOT THEIR SHIT TOGETHER RIHANNA NAVY WE WON,” wrote one stan, while another fan chimed in: The amount of classics Rihanna has wheww the NFL better extend the half time show to 30 mins next year.”

Some social media users criticize Rihanna for showing fake solidarity to Colin Kaepernick

On the other hand, a few social media users criticized the star for putting her solidarity for Colin Kaepernick to the side to perform at the Super Bowl. If you remember, in 2020, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the Halftime Show because of the agency’s decision to suspend the football player for taking a kneel in 2016.

Following the news, one Twitter user asked:

“A few years ago, Rihanna turned down the Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and b/c she said she “couldn’t be a sellout.” But today she’s proudly announcing she’ll headline this year’s show. Has something changed at the NFL that I haven’t heard about?”

This will be the first time fans will get to see the star perform since her Anti world tour in 2016, and if she’s thinking about teasing new music, the Super Bowl would be the perfect place to premiere it. One fan wondered if Rih would be using the opportunity to announce a new album. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

TMZ reported that the NFL may be in talks to sign two other big performers to join the event, but the news has not been confirmed.

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