Superstar performer Rihanna will headline the 2023 NFL Super Bowl Halftime Show, according to a report published on Sunday — following multiple reports indicating that Taylor Swift had turned down the gig.
The “Umbrella” hitmaker tweeted a simple photo on Sunday indicating the move — showing nothing but her tattooed wrist and hand holding up a football. On her Instagram, she shared the exact same picture.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 25, 2022
Apple Music added the caption to the tweet with the identical photo. “IT’S ON. @Rihanna will take the stage for the first ever Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show on 2.12.23. #SBLVII @NFL @NFLonFOX @RocNation.”
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) September 25, 2022
Jay-Z, the founder of Roc Nation issued a statement confirming that move. “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.”
Rihanna explained after the fact she had turned down the offer to be the headliner at Super Bowl LIII, Atlanta that Colin Kaepernick controversy was a major factor in her decision.
“I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler,”Vogue spoke with the actress in late 2019 “There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
Rihanna’s news comes on the heels of reports that pop superstar Taylor Swift had turned down an offer for the 2023 show — saying that she would not perform at a Super Bowl until she had rerecorded all of her first six albums.
Swift vowed to rerecord the albums after talent manager and record executive Scooter Braun acquired the rights to her music in 2019 — a move that she said left her feeling “sad and grossed out.”
Braun eventually sold Shamrock Holdings rights in 2020. Swift however stated she would rerecord the songs to try to return her ownership. New recordings have been made by Swift. “Red” “Fearless” — leaving “Taylor Swift,” “1989,” “Speak Now,” “Reputation.”
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