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Rihanna will headline the Super Bowl halftime show

Rihanna will take center stage at February’s Super Bowl halftime show.

The singer, who refused to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, will headline the 2023 Super Bowl, the NFL announced Sunday along with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Apple Music. Rihanna posted an image on Instagram of an outstretched arm holding an NFL football.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman from humble beginnings who has exceeded expectations at every turn,” Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, whose Roc Nation executive produces the show, said in a statement. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent entertainers of all time. He made a name for himself in business and entertainment.”

The Super Bowl will take place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12. After years of Pepsi sponsorship, the upcoming halftime show will be sponsored by Apple Music.

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Rihanna has previously said she turned down a similar opportunity for the 2019 Super Bowl that was ultimately headlined by Maroon 5. At the time, many artists voiced their support for Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback whose protests over the anthem 2016 national championship sparked debate across football.

“I couldn’t bring myself to do that. What for?” Rihanna told Vogue in 2019. “Who wins from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There are things within that organization that I don’t agree with at all, and I was I’m not willing to go and serve them in any way,” she said of the league.

With sales of more than 250 million records worldwide, Rihanna ranks as one of the best-selling female artists in history. Her last album was 2016’s “Anti.”

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