(NEXSTAR) – The Super Bowl may be months away, but we know who will be the focus at halftime.
International icon and new mom Rihanna has been tapped into the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show for Super Bowl LVII, which will be held on February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The NFL made the announcement Sunday afternoon, just days later Rumors swirled that Taylor Swift can title the halftime show. Fans pointed to the NFL’s midnight announcement that Apple Music was the show’s sponsor, replacing Pepsi, and apparently a similar font between the announcement and Swift’s forthcoming album.
Rihanna even sparked speculation about her participation in the Super Bowl on Sunday. post a photo to her Instagram of her with an NFL football.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the stage of the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show,” said Seth Dudowsky, NFL’s head of music. “Rihanna is a one-of-a-kind artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career. We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic halftime show performance.”
This is the first year Apple Music has sponsored the halftime show, replacing Pepsi.
Unless additional cast members are announced to be performing with Rihanna, she will be the first to perform solo since 2021, when The Weeknd helmed the Super Bowl Halftime Show. It is not uncommon for solo artists to have guest artists. In 2015, when the Super Bowl was last held in Arizona, Katy Perry hosted Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot and the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band. In recent years, both The Weeknd and Lady Gaga have had no special guests.
According to the NFL, fans can expect details and previews of the Halftime Show to be released on TikTok, Instagram and Twitter in the coming months.
Rihanna and boyfriend A$AP Rocky welcomed their first child together, a boy, in May this year.
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