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

Rihanna Says Her Super Bowl Halftime Show Performance Will Be “Nerve-Racking”: “I Can’t Believe I Even Said Yes”

Rihanna is preparing for her upcoming Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show performance.

And while the “Diamonds” singer is excited about the opportunity to snag one of the most-coveted performance slots an artist can get, she’s also a bit nervous.

On the red carpet for the October premiere of her fashion collection, Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 4, the 34-year-old singer and new mom said playing the halftime show is a bit “nerve-racking.”

“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 explained to Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith.

“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.

Despite being a bit nervous about her performance, the new mom said “nothing would have gotten me out of the house if it wasn’t a challenge like that.”

“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. I have to live up to that challenge,” she shared.

Although Rihanna didn’t give many details about her performance while speaking with Smith, she did tease one thing fans can look out for.

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

She also hinted at some famous faces joining her on stage but did not name names, according to TMZ. The singer was first approached about performing at the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show in Atlanta but ultimately turned the opportunity down due to then-controversy surrounding NFL player Colin Kaepernick, the outlet indicated.

“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,” the singer explained to Vogue in 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,” she said.

Her past reservations about the NFL aside, the singer is generating hype for her performance.

Rihanna dropped the official trailer for her Apple Music Halftime Show on Jan. 13. In the video, the singer, wearing a green fluffy jacket, steps into the spotlight and eventually shhh’s the camera as a snippet of her song, “Needed Me” (from her 2016 album, Anti) plays in the background.

NFL Head of Music Seth Dudowsky said the league was “thrilled to welcome” the global superstar to the Halftime Show stage in a Sept. 25 press release.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” Dudowsky shared. “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.”


Fans can watch Rihanna perform at State Farm Stadium for the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show at Super Bowl LVII, on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona.

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