Super Bowl Halftime Show 2023
The Halftime Show of the Super Bowl LVII, officially known as the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, featured the R&B icon Rihanna. While everyone’s eyes are on who will take down the trophy and which player will become the next Super Bowl MVP, the halftime show is also one of the most anticipated events.
The Super Bowl Show took place on the 12th of February 2022 as part of the Super Bowl LVII that was played at the home stadium of the Arizona Cardinals, the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The event and the show, produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins and directed by Hamish Hamilton, were televised nationally in the U.S. by FOX and aired live on FOX Sports App.
Roc Nation also took on the role of the strategic entertainment advisor of the live performance in their first year of partnership with Apple Music and the NFL.
The show was headlined by the mega-popular Pop icon from Barbados, Rihanna.
Rihanna is the second-best-selling female music artist of all time, with 250 million records worldwide, and has earned 14 number-ones and 31 top-ten singles in the US and 30 top-ten entries in the UK.
Rihanna on Super Bowl Halftime Show
After months of anticipation, the nine-time Grammy Awards winner opened her first public performance in five years with “Bitch Better Have My Money,” one of her greatest hits.
This was followed by “Where Have You Been,” giving the audience what they paid for.
The 13-minute halftime set continued with hits such as “Only Girl (In the World),” “We Found Love,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Pour It Up,” “Umbrella,” “Diamonds,” and more.
During the show, she wore a red jumpsuit and a high-shine red bustier underneath that fully exposed her silhouette and started speculating about her being pregnant again, which her media representatives later confirmed.
Dancers in sunglasses, white hooded jackets, and white sweatpants were also a part of the performance, and they had their separate floating stages. These platforms change formation depending on the part of the show, and the whole thing ended with Rihanna ascending into the sky.
The R&B gave the 67,827 fans at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale a glitzy performance and showed once more why she is regarded as one of the greatest female artists in the world.
It should be noted that Rihanna had offers to perform at both the 2018 and 2019 Super Bowls but turned them down in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick was exiled from the NFL after protesting against racial injustice and police brutality during the 2016 season by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Previous Super Bowl Half Time Shows
The Super Bowl is not only the most-watched sporting event but the most-watched TV event overall in the United States.
Last year’s event that saw the Los Angeles Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 attracted 99.18 million viewers.
The Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar and made history with five Creative Arts Emmy nominations and three wins, including the Outstanding Variety Special (Live).
Past Super Bowl Halftime Show performances included The Weeknd, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Prince, Madonna, and more.