Superstar Rihanna will host the always-spectacular Super Bowl halftime concert next February, Apple Music, lead sponsor of the show with massive audiences and immense financial impact, announced on Sunday.
“IT’S ON!”, tweeted Apple Music, adding that “Rihanna will be on stage” on February 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona during the football championship final American, the most watched event on television in the United States.
The account shares an illustration of a photo posted on social media by the “Umbrella” and “Diamonds” singer, showing her hand adorned with tattoos and holding an American football.
The snap was picked up by the NFL American Football League.
The singer from Barbados has for several years put music aside, at least publicly, to devote herself in particular to her cosmetics brand “Fenty”.
She will succeed Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige and Eminem.
These legends of rap had, during the “halftime show” last February, chained the essential titles during an impeccably choreographed show.
The last American football championship final, won by the Rams against the Bengals, had attracted an average of some 112.3 million spectators (television and streaming), according to NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, its broadcaster.
The big halftime concert has been produced since 2019 by the group Roc Nation, founded by New York rapper and now wealthy businessman Jay-Z.
Apple Music for its part announced in September that it was becoming the main sponsor of the concert, ousting Pepsi – and paying for it 50 million dollars according to the press.
In 2021, Canadian artist The Weeknd hosted the halftime show, after Jennifer Lopez and Shakira in 2020.
The biggest stars have taken the stage during the Super Bowl, such as Michael Jackson, U2 or Madonna. The event also had its scandal when, in 2004, a bare breast of Janet Jackson appeared on the screen after a too vigorous gesture from her partner on stage Justin Timberlake.