Rihanna Vows Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Will Be a 13-Minute Celebration

The global superstar will perform at the Big Game tomorrow night.


Rihanna spoke to the media at Apple Music’s Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show press conference on Feb. 9, and the nine-time Grammy Award winner promised she’s putting together a “jam-packed show” for her fans.

“The set list was the biggest challenge. That was the hardest, hardest part. Deciding how to maximize 13 minutes but also celebrate—that’s what this show is going to be,” Rihanna stated. “It’s going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best way that we could have put it together.”

RiRi’s highly anticipated return marks the singer’s first live performance since she took the stage at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Rihanna dropped her last studio album, Anti, in 2016, and hit the road on a world tour for the album the same year.

Last month, the “Umbrella” singer addressed her absence with a teaser trailer for her upcoming halftime show performance. She also dropped a new promo on Instagram on Feb. 9. The clip shows a young girl walking down Rihanna Drive in the singer’s native Barbados.

“My whole life was shaped on this very road,” read text across the screen. “I was just a little island girl flying kites in the cemetery... but I had big dreams.”

“The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages of the world,” the Fenty Beauty founder added during the press conference. “As scary as that was, because I hadn’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all.”

Super Bowl LVII kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX this Sunday live from Glendale, Ariz., where the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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