Rihanna better get to “work” because she has a Super Bowl halftime show to headline.
The pop star alluded to her Super Bowl LVII performance by posting a photo of a soccer ball to her Instagram on Sunday.
The official Apple Music and NFL Twitter accounts later confirmed Rihanna’s performance Sunday. “Here we go,” read a tweet from Apple Music.
Following the announcement, Jay-Z said in a press release on Sunday that Rihanna was “a generational talent, a woman from humble beginnings who exceeded expectations at every turn.”
The rapper added, “A person born on the small island of Barbados who has become one of the most prominent artists of all time. Self-taught in business and entertainment.”
NFL Chief Music Officer Seth Dudowsky said in a statement that he was “delighted to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage.”
“Rihanna is a one-of-a-kind performer who has been a cultural force throughout her career. We look forward to working with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance,” added Dudowsky.
USA TODAY has reached out to representatives for Rihanna for comment.
The next Super Bowl will feature the first halftime show sponsored by Apple Music; previous shows since 2013 were sponsored by Pepsi (which also first sponsored the 2007 show).
Last year’s halftime show featured several headliners: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige, as well as surprise cameos from 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. Other artists from the past decade include The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé.
In an interview with Vogue in October 2019, Rihanna said she turned down the opportunity to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in Atlanta. The Grammy-winning singer confirmed she did it to show solidarity with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who became the subject of controversy after he knelt down during a pre-game national anthem in protest against police brutality and social inequality.
“I couldn’t dare to do that,” she told the magazine. “For what? Who benefits? Not my people. okay, and I wasn’t about to do them any favors in any way.
Super Bowl LVII is scheduled to take place on February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Contributor: Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY