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Rihanna headlined the Super Bowl halftime show this year - here’s the complete lowdown on her return to the stage in 2023, her iconic pregnancy announcement and what songs she performed.
The halftime show is one of the most desirable slots in music, so it’s only right Riri made her return to the stage in an iconic way - and she didn't disappoint!
The Super Bowl marked the first time we saw Rihanna back in her music element after focusing on her Fenty Beauty and Skin businesses in recent years as well as welcoming her first baby; a boy with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in May last year.
But what songs did Rihanna perform at the show? And how can I watch it back?
Here's the lowdown...
Rihanna teases her Super Bowl performance
The 2023 Super Bowl took place on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
You can watch back Rihanna's full 13-minute performance here.
Rihanna says there’s something exhilarating about Super Bowl halftime show challenge
Rihanna had a stadium full of fans ready to watch her return to the stage, but one very special fan, in particular, was be her 9-month-old son, who will be there with Riri’s boyfriend A$AP Rocky.
The rapper was her biggest fan as he stood by the sidelines of the stage recording his girlfriend's performance whilst in awe like the rest of us!
An insider told Hollywood Life ahead of the show that Riri was making sure all preparations are put in place to make her baby boy comfortable at the show.
The source said: “This Super Bowl is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and she wouldn’t have her son miss it for the world. She knows it’s going to be loud so she’s thinking that either she’ll have him wear noise-cancelling headphones for babies or her family, many of which are also coming, will enjoy the show from a skybox or some type of club seating.”
“She wouldn’t have her son miss that for the world,” added the insider, “Rocky has been extremely supportive and although she’s a little nervous about the whole thing, he’s helped her by being by her side and by reassuring her. Everybody knows she’s going to crush it.”
Rihanna was tasked with selecting from some of her biggest hits for the 13-minute halftime show performance - which seems almost impossible given her very impressive music catalogue.
But the huge bops she went with for her set-list are as follows:
Riri first teased her performance with an exciting new trailer showcasing her strutting along to news headlines talking about how she hasn't released music in six years.
The Bajan singer then places a single finger to her lips before her 2016 track 'Needed Me' is heard as the video wraps.
You can watch the teaser below!
Rihanna teases Super Bowl appearance
Rihanna didn't bring any special guests out to perform with her during her Super Bowl halftime show performance - but proved she didn't need to with her jaw-dropping medley of solo hits!
Previously speaking about her thoughts on bringing a guest out, she said to E! last year: "Twelve minutes? You could actually do that by yourself, but it's one of those things where you can decorate it however you want. So whether I choose to do it for myself or whether I choose to bring some of my peers on, it's… I don't know what I'm gonna do yet.''It's gonna be great either way."
The last female Super Bowl performer to go solo is Lady Gaga in 2017.
The Super Bowl halftime show has hosted an incredible string of talent over the years, including last year’s performance with 50 Cent, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar.
Previous performers have also included Beyoncé, Shakira & Jennifer Lopez, The Weeknd and many more.
Riri's performance will definitely go down in history!