Why Rihanna Refused an Annual Show

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The NFL, Jay-Z, and Apple Music confirmed Sunday that Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl LVII halftime show in February. The “Umbrella” singer’s decision comes about four years after she turned down an offer to perform to show support for Colin Kaepernick. Rihanna was offered a spot on the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime, which ultimately went to Travis Scott, Big Boi and Maroon 5.

An October 2019 interview with VogueRihanna confirmed earlier rumors that she had rejected the NFL’s offer. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people,”She said. “I just couldn’t be a sellout. 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.”

Kaepernick, now 34, hasn’t played in the NFL for over a year. He began kneeling during practice in that same season. “Star-Spangled Banner”Every game is a protest against police brutality, racial inequality, and oppression. Kaepernick was never signed by another team and he filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017. He eventually withdrew the grievance after he reached a confidential settlement with the league. He is an active civil rights activist, even though he hasn’t played in six decades. He teamed up last year with Netflix and Ava DuVernay, the filmmaker. Colin in Black & WhiteA series that focuses on his teenage years.

JDPS will produce Super Bowl’s halftime show, Jay-Z’s RocN and Jesse Collins acting as executive producers. Jay-Z signed a deal to work with NFL in 2019. There was plenty of criticismHe quickly dismissed it. During a Q&A with the mediaHe said that he was “not interested”How the partnership was perceived by outside observers.

“I’ve been in this position many times. I just show up and do the work, I’m not interested in how things look on the outside,”He stated. “If protesting on the field is the most effective way, then protest on the field. But, if you have a vehicle that you can inspire change and you can speak to the masses and educate at the same time.”

Jay-Z and NFL named Rihanna Super Bowl LVII Halftime Performer. However, she didn’t make any comments. She posted only a photograph of her holding a football to her social media pages. This will be her first performance publically since the 2018 Grammy Awards. It also comes six years after her most recent album. ANTIThe following was published:

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Jay-Z released a statement Sunday. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

Super Bowl LVII will take place at State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, on February 12, 2023. This time, Fox will broadcast the game. Pepsi will not be sponsoring the halftime show for the first time since 2012. Apple Music won the naming rights.

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