This is not a drill: Rihanna the pop star is making a comeback!
The multi-hyphenate confirmed today that she will headline the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime Show, making her long-awaited return to the stage six years after releasing her latest studio album, Anti.
The superstar and Fenty mogul shared the news with an Instagram post today, which includes an image of her own hand holding an NFL football. The post comes mere hours after TMZ reported that the NFL and Roc Nation have been in talks with the star to headline the big show, which will take place on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
She captioned the post with a simple “.” which stands for “Period.”
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“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Roc Nation founder Jay-Z said in a statement released this afternoon. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the… Halftime Show stage,” added Seth Dudowsky, NFL Head of Music. “Rihanna is a once in a generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career.”
Rihanna will join the ranks of numerous music legends who have previously hosted the show, from Prince and Michael Jackson to Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
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The “Work” singer has previously received the offer to headline a halftime show before. In a 2019 interview, she revealed that she had turned down an offer to headline at the Super Bowl because of the organization’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, who settled a case against the league for ostracizing him from playing in retaliation for his social justice activism.
Since Anti was released, Rihanna has spent her time growing her makeup line Fenty Beauty, which launched in 2017, and her lingerie line Savage x Fenty, which followed in 2018. Last September, Forbes announced that the singer was estimated to be worth $1.7 billion at the time, making her the richest female musician in the world.
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The multi-hyphenate also welcomed a baby boy with her boyfriend, A$AP Rocky, last May. The couple, who were friends for years before making their relationship official in 2020, have made several low-profile appearances since welcoming their first child.
Note: This story has been updated with statements from Roc Nation and the NFL post-publication.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.