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Rihanna CONFIRMS she will be headlining Super Bowl LVII… after turning the NFL down in 2019

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Rihanna CONFIRMS she will be headlining Super Bowl LVII… after turning the NFL down in 2019

  • Rihanna has confirmed she will headline the half-time show at Super Bowl LVII
  • The Grammy winner posted a photo of her tattooed arm holding a football to make the announcement Sunday
  • The Diamonds singer declined an invitation to perform at the extravaganza in 2019
  • Rihanna said she refused to perform because of the way the NFL treated former QB Colin Kaepernick after he took a knee during the nation anthem
  • The newly signed deal signals Rihanna’s qualms about taking the stage at football’s biggest night may be calmed 

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Rihanna has confirmed she will be headlining the 2023 Super Bowl half-time show.

The singer, 34, announced the big news Sunday by sharing a photo of her tattooed arm clasping a football. The post received nearly 700 thousand likes in the first 20 minutes including one from Lizzo, who wrote ‘screaming.’ 

The NFL also Tweeted the big news with the same snap and the message ‘Let’s GO-#SBLVII’

Big news: Rihanna announce she will be headlining the 2023 Super Bowl half-time show with this victorious photo on social media Sunday

This comes after the Diamonds singer turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl in 2019.  The superstar said she declined the invitation because of the way Colin Kaepernick had been treated. 

The former San Francisco 49er refused to stand for the US national anthem at the beginning of games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. After he became a free agent, no teams signed him. 

The quarterback sued the NFL in November 2017, accusing team owners of collusion in not hiring him.

Tweet: The NFL also Tweeted the big news with the same snap and the message 'Let’s GO-#SBLVII'

Tweet: The NFL also Tweeted the big news with the same snap and the message ‘Let’s GO-#SBLVII’

2019: The Diamonds singer was invited to perform at the game in 2019 but turned it down because of the way Colin Kaepernick had been treated

2019: The Diamonds singer was invited to perform at the game in 2019 but turned it down because of the way Colin Kaepernick had been treated

The suit was withdrawn two years later after Kaepernick and the NFL reached a confidential settlement. He remains unsigned.

In explaining her decision at the time, the Grammy winner told Vogue, ‘ I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people.’

‘I just couldn’t be a sellout,’ she said, ‘I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.’

Protest: The former San Francisco 49er refused to stand for the US national anthem at the beginning of games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. After he became a free agent, no teams signed him

Still Unsigned:  The quarter sued the NFL, charging collusion. A confidential agreement was signed in 2019. He remains unsigned

Protest: The former San Francisco 49er refused to stand for the US national anthem at the beginning of games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. After he became a free agent, no teams signed him

Music: Rihanna has taken a break from performing after giving birth to her son in May. She has been talking about releasing new music, but recently has been focusing on her Fenty makeup brand

Music: Rihanna has taken a break from performing after giving birth to her son in May. She has been talking about releasing new music, but recently has been focusing on her Fenty makeup brand

The passage of time may have eased the chart topper’s concerns about performing at the Super Bowl.

Rihanna has taken a break from performing after giving birth to her son in May.

She has been talking about releasing new music, but much of her time recently has been focusing on her Fenty makeup brand and supporting boyfriend A$AP Rocky at his shows. 

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