Rihanna is set to make her highly anticipated return to the stage with her performance at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show on February 12th, and has been teasing her upcoming performance on social media, with a short video posted on social media.
The pop star last dropped a record in 2016, when she released her eighth studio album, ‘Anti’. She made a brief appearance at the 2018 Grammy Awards, but this will be her first live performance in over two thousand days.
In 2018, Rihanna was offered the chance to headline the 2019 Halftime Show. She turned the offer down in a bid to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who was the first NFL player to take a knee in protest against police brutality in 2016.
“I can’t believe I even said yes,” Rihanna said. “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’. 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.”
Last year’s show was headlined by Dr. Dre with special guest performers Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige.