Dozens Of NFL Fans Sing “Stay” Ahead Of Rihanna’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show

Fans representing 32 NFL teams performed the Rihanna hit.


Christine Sellers


Posted on February 9, 2023

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NFL Fans Singing Rihanna’s “Stay”; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

Fans are gearing up for Super Bowl LVII.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Philadelphia Eagles will face off against the Kansas City Chiefs for the biggest game of the season at State Farm Stadium in Arizona. Of course, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just about football. It’s also about music.

This year, pop and R&B superstar Rihanna will headline the halftime show, and fans can’t wait.

Ahead of the “Love on the Brain” singer’s big performance, NFL fans have been performing another one of her biggest hits, “Stay,” from her 2012 album, Unapologetic. Fans representing 32 teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, and more appeared in a recent video shared by this year’s halftime show sponsor, Apple Music.

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The video finds the various NFL fans singing their own renditions of Rihanna’s song while dressed in their favorite sports memorabilia.

But NFL fans aren’t the only ones singing the 34-year-old new mom’s hits. In a video shared to Instagram, players on the Philadelphia Eagles team shared their favorite Rihanna songs while walking back from football practice.

Their picks included “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z from 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad), “FourFiveSeconds” (a 2015 collaboration between Rihanna, The Beatles’ Paul McCartney, and rapper, “Ye,” better known as Kanye West), and “What’s My Name?” (a collaboration with Drake on 2010’s Loud).

“Oh na na, what’s my name?,” the team captioned the video using a lyrical reference from Rihanna and Drake’s collaboration of the same name, adding a music note emoji. The caption also included the hashtags, #SuperBowlLVII, #FlyEaglesFly, and #AppleMusicHalftime.

Rihanna was announced as this year’s halftime show headliner via a press release from the NFL back in September.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” NFL Head of Music Seth Dudowsky said at the time. “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.”

After being announced as the headliner for this year’s halftime show, Rihanna shared how she was feeling about the once-in-a-lifetime gig on the red carpet of the October premiere of her fashion collection, Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4.

The singer spoke with Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith, admitting she “couldn’t even believe [she] said yes” to the big gig.

“I can’t believe I even said yes. It was one of those things that even when I announced it, I was like, ‘OK, I can’t take it back. Now, it’s like final,’” she told Smith.

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“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world, it’s an entertainer’s dream to be on a stage like that. But it’s nerve-racking. You want to get it right. You know, everybody’s watching. And they’re rooting for you. And I want to get it right,” she said.

Although Rihanna admitted playing the halftime show would be nerve-racking for her, she simultaneously shared she wanted to keep challenging herself career-wise.

“You could get real comfortable being at home as a mom, [so this is me] challenging myself to do something that I’ve never done before in my career,” she said. “I have to live up to that challenge.”

Additionally, the singer teased details about her headlining performance, revealing it would “celebrate” the music she’s made.

“I want to incorporate different aspects of entertainment and things that I just enjoy and bring it to the stage,” she explained. “I want to celebrate the music that I’ve made.” 

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In a conversation with TMZ, RiRi hinted some special guests may join her on stage but did not name names.

The singer was first approached by the NFL about headlining the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Atlanta but declined the opportunity due to controversy surrounding player Colin Kaepernick, according to Page Six.

Now that the singer has had a change of heart and will be headlining the halftime show, fans can’t wait for her official return to music after a six-year hiatus. (The last time Rihanna released an album was 2016’s Anti). Among those fans is country music icon, Dolly Parton.

Rihanna; Photo Courtesy of Apple Music
Rihanna; Photo Courtesy of Apple Music

Parton told CBS Mornings she was looking forward to Rihanna’s performance during an interview back in January.

“My husband’s also a football freak, in addition to being a rock and roller, so I’m always watching the game. I usually do all the snacks and the cooking. This year, I’ll be doing Duncan Hines snacks for the Super Bowl. But yeah, I’ll be watching it, and I’m really looking forward to seeing her,” she said.

Fans, including Parton, can watch Rihanna perform during the Super Bowl LVII Apple Music Halftime Show on Sunday (Feb. 12).

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