It’s official. Rihanna will “Work” the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show.
The National Football League made the announcement Sunday, saying the Grammy-winning singer is booked to headline next year’s Apple Music Halftime Show in Arizona.
— NFL (@NFL) September 25, 2022
Apple Music, Rihanna and Roc Nation, which helps produce the show, also shared the news on social media.
“IT’S ON. @rihannawill take the stage for the first ever Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show on 2.12.23. #SBLVII,” Apple Music tweeted.
Apple is the new sponsor after Pepsi’s sponsorship deal ended earlier this year.
The announcement about next year’s performer came after false reports surfaced over the weekend suggesting Taylor Swift would be the headliner. TMZ and other outlets then set the record straight and said Swift had been asked to perform, but declined because of timing issues.
Earlier this year, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar headlined the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show in Inglewood, California. The all-star tribute to hip-hop and R&B electrified the crowd inside SoFi Stadium and brought massive TV ratings.
NBC aired the game, which averaged 99.2 million viewers with an additional 1.9 million tuning in on Telemundo. The halftime show averaged 103.4 million viewers, topping the previous year’s halftime performance from the Weeknd by 7 percent, NBC Sports announced in February.
As news spread Sunday that Rihanna will headline the next show, her fans took to Twitter to celebrate and made her a top trending topic.
Super Bowl LVII kicks off on Feb. 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium outside Phoenix, Arizona.