It’s been a long six years since 2016’s Anti for Rihanna fans — years of hope, teases about a new album that still hasn’t come, and disappointment. Now, however, there might be a bright light on the horizon: Rihanna has announced she’ll be performing the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show, and that huge stage often serves as a launchpad to an album announcement. Album or not, though, her big reveal has Twitter reeling with excitement.
The singer posted a photo worth a thousand words on Sept. 25. The image shows her hand holding an NFL football, and that was all it took to start the buzz. Admittedly, there was a little confusion among some fans who seemed afraid to get their hopes up. “This better not be a 14 minute add [sic] of fenty beauty,” one person tweeted in response to her post.
The NFL and Apple Music soon cleared up any confusion. “IT’S ON,” Apple Music tweeted. “@rihanna will take the stage for the first ever Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show on 2.12.23.” The NFL retweeted it, and Seth Dudowsky, NFL head of music, said in a statement that he was “thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage,” per USA Today.
Others started to look forward to the kind of show Rihanna might put on. They had a lot of ideas, including the fans who hope to see Tom Holland join her onstage as a nod to his enthusiastic rendition of “Umbrella” as he competed against Zendaya on Lip Sync Battle in 2017. Meanwhile, at least one person suggested a two-hour show to accommodate all of Rihanna’s hits.
The event’s halftime performances often come with guest performers, like 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak during Super Bowl LVI. With that in mind, fans are also creating a wish list for Rihanna. On it so far are names like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and A$AP Rocky, but that’s hardly the end of it.
An album — specifically whether or not fans can hope one is on its way — was definitely on people’s minds. Many seemed to think it was a foregone conclusion now that Rihanna’s the Super Bowl halftime show performer. “AND THEN RIHANNA DROPS AN ALBUM AFTER THE SUPERBOWL,” one person tweeted.
Feb. 12 is definitely going to be a big day — it just remains to be seen how big.
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