Rihanna previews her Super Bowl Half-Time show with a trailer & interview

The Super Bowl is happening on Sunday. Wait, let me look up who’s playing… Chiefs versus the Eagles. That should be good (I have no idea). I’m mostly looking forward to the music, and I’m getting hyped for Rihanna’s Half-Time show. Usually, days before the Super Bowl, the Half-Time act gives an exclusive interview as part of the NFL sponsorship, and that’s what happened on Thursday. Rihanna gave an interview, and iTunes dropped this magnificent trailer for her Half-Time show:

It actually gave me chills? “I was just a little island girl flying kites at the cemetery…” is so evocative. This will be Rihanna’s first time on stage in five years, and this is something Rihanna always swore she wouldn’t do. In 2019, Rihanna was asked by Vogue if she would ever do the Half-Time show and she said: “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. 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.” Crash-cut to 2023, with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation partnering with the NFL, and here she is. Some highlights from Rihanna’s interview:

She forgot about her birthday: “Sunday, now that’s the one. I’ve been so focused on the Super Bowl I totally forgot that my birthday’s coming up. I totally forgot about Valentine’s Day.”

The Super Bowl is an “entertainer’s dream.” “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 keeps changing the set list: Rihanna explained how curating the setlist for the halftime show has been the most difficult aspect of it, noting that it’s changed roughly “39 times” already. When asked what fans can expect from the performance, Rih said, “It’s going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best way that we could.” She added that it’s changed so many times because of the inherent time crunch that comes with the halftime show. “You’re trying to cram 17 years of work into 13 minutes, so it’s difficult, and some songs we had to lose because of that, but that’s okay.”

She’s also going to focus on her Bajan & Caribbean roots: “[Caribbean culture] is a big part of why this is important for me to do this show. Representation: representing for immigrants, representing for my country of Barbados, representing for Black women everywhere. I think that’s really important. That’s key, for people to see the possibilities.” Apple Music also released a teaser for the show after the interview, which featured glimpses of Bajan culture and are sure to be present during the show.

[From Complex & People]

It’s kind of crazy to think that Rihanna hasn’t done any of this in five years, and that the set list wasn’t finalized weeks ago, and that Rihanna just had a baby last year. I’m just saying… while I’m excited about the Half-Time show, I also think that there’s a good chance it will end up kind of messy! We’ll see.

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  1. Lala11_7 says:

    I’m glad I will be able to READ about it here on the site…because that is the ONLY way I’ll know what went down with her performance.

    • TIFFANY says:

      Period. I chose to celebrate Janet Jackson Appreciation Day instead. Hit the mall and search and buy from Black businesses online. That is my Sunday. Been doing it for the last 4 years and ain’t go change it.

  2. Imara219 says:

    I like Rihanna bug im not excited for her Half time show. I’ve seen her live concert footage and it’ll be interesting to see how this goes. I also think last year’s show will be hard to follow. 😬 I wish her luck.

  3. Solidgold says:

    Rihanna is not a strong performer. But she has enough hits to entertain the audience.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      I’ll just rewatch the best one in recent years: JLO and Shakira’s, not for anything it’s the one with the most views online. Would love a Latin artist again next year!

      • Becks1 says:

        JLo and Shakira’s is my favorite in recent memory, but last years was really good as well.

        I didn’t pay that much attention to Beyonce’s because my team was in the game and that was our focus, lol.

        Bruno Mars was good too. I remember a sportscaster saying the next day (Mike Golic) that he had never heard of Bruno Mars before the game but was now a big fan and was getting his albums etc. I guess that’s part of the point, right?

      • lionfire says:

        I loved, loved, loved Bruno Mars. I truly think he is the best male entertainer of the generation.

        I don’t care for hypocrites and Rihanna is problematic to me (racist bullying of that Tran girl, Depp, Kelly) and…honestly, her mean girl vibe (like that day drinking video with Seth M., It just…she just seems as that aggressive, bully leader type that doesn’t understand “no”)… I don’t ećwant to watch any of her concerts.
        Nbviously, not just because her live shows are usually…not very good.

  4. Naomi says:

    wish her the best but her glow faded for me when she invited johnny depp to her fashion show.

    • HufflepuffLizLemon says:

      I’m glad it’s not just me that went…. Ugh.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      And wasn’t she sooo above the Super Bowl because of the kneeling and stuff? She’s only in it for the money, no shade I’m the same but she likes to pretend she’s principled, gimme a f break!

  5. Jais says:

    That video really is good.

  6. Ameerah M says:

    So that whole standing with Kaepernick thing was just for show. Between her hypocrisy, the disgusting Johnny Depp support and her wearing an R. Kelly shirt…I’m done with this woman. I used to buy Fenty makeup but I won’t ever give her another dime of my money. Good luck with the performance babe. And I hope she lip syncs because we all know she can’t sing live.

    • SarahLee says:

      Selena Gomez’ Rare Beauty line has almost as many shades as Fenty.

      • Ameerah M says:

        Yes it does. I’ve tried quite a few Rare Beauty products. They’re a bit hit or miss IMO. Similar to Fenty products in that way.

  7. Well Wisher says:

    Looking forward to this, Rihanna use the music of your DNA, one for the road carnival.
    It is before Ash Wednesday so do not forget that Caribbean flavour.

    I crave more of the same, after watching the Hip Hop 50th Year anniversary Celebration performances during the Grammy awards.

    I could not stop smiling…

    Rihanna, break a leg or Simply put..
    Good Luck!!