The 2023 Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show Featured Rihanna, Plus a Surprising Special “Guest”

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State Farm Stadium during Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona. Image by Gage Skidmore Taken February 4 2023 and posted on Wikimedia Commons.

Last updated on February 25th, 2023 at 05:43 pm

The entire world was excited for Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles. The big game took place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Perhaps an equal amount of people were just as excited for the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show featuring Rihanna.

The game was as spectacular as anticipated.

In the end, the Kansas City Chiefs, led by MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, beat a gritty Philadelphia Eagles team on a last-second field goal. The final score of Super Bowl LVII was 38-35.

Find out all about her performance, special guests, who sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, and more below.

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Rihanna in concert at the Paris Bercy during the “Loud Tour” in October 2011. Image by oouinouin on Wikimedia Commons.

Who Performed at the Super Bowl Halftime Show 2023?

Pop superstar Rihanna headlined the Super Bowl Halftime show this year.

It was highly anticipated because Rihanna hasn’t played a show since 2017. Her last album, ANTIwas released all the way back in 2016.

Rumor was that the Super Bowl halftime show would be Rihanna’s big return to the stage, though she hasn’t made any announcements yet.

Who Was the Super Bowl Halftime Special Guest?

One of the coolest things about the Super Bowl Halftime Show is that the main artist often brings out special guests.

For example, during last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg welcomed many guests to perform with them, some announced, others not. One big surprise was Nelly.

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It wasn’t revealed beforehand what special guests would join Rihanna at the 2023 Super Bowl Halftime show, but since she’s so popular and has collaborated with so many artists, there were many guesses.

Because of their hit “Umbrella,” many thought they might see Jay-Z make an appearance. 

Other possibilities included Drake (they teamed up for hits like “What’s My Name” and “Take Care”), Shakira, DJ Khaled, and Kendrick Lamar, who also appeared in last year’s Super Bowl Hafltime Show.

In the end, the only “special guest” was Rihanna’s second baby with ASAP Rocky, as she was sporting a very visible baby bump.

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Related: Who is Drake? Net Worth, Height, Real Name, and More 

Related: DJ Khaled’s Net Worth: How the Superstar Got Rich 

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Chris Stapleton performs selections of Garth Brooks’ work, including “Shameless” and “Rodeo” at the 2020 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song concert honoring Brooks at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2020. Photo by Shawn Miller/Library of Congress on Wikimedia Commons.

Who Sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII?

Highly renowned country singer and songwriter Chris Stapleton sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII.

Stapleton has been writing some of the biggest hits for other country stars for years, including “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” by Adele, “Crash and Burn” by Thomas Rhett, and “Don’t Start Lying to Me Now” by Joss Stone.

In the last few years, Stapleton has struck out on his own and is one of the most highly sought-after country performers. 

His last three albums, Traveller and From a Room volumes one and two, gained the top three spots in the Top Country Albums chart in 2018, marking the first time an artist has done that since Garth Brooks in 1992.

Some of Stapleton’s biggest hits include his cover of David Allan Coe’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Starting Over,” “Broken Halos,” and “Millionaire.”

In addition to Stapleton, 90s R&B legend will sing “America the Beautiful,” while Sheryl Lee Ralph will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” 

Related: The 50 Best Country Songs from Jimmie Rodgers to Morgan Wallen 

Related: The 15 Best Male Country Singers of All Time: A Definitive List 

How Much Does Rihanna Get Paid for the Super Bowl?

How much do you think Rihanna would get paid for her performance at the Super Bowl Halftime show? A million dollars? More than that?

The answer might shock you: it’s nothing.

Per NFL rules, artists who play the Super Bowl Halftime show don’t receive any money for their efforts. 

The NFL covers all the costs of the production, the artists don’t get paid, and Rihanna will be no different.

Obviously, though, the promotional aspect of playing the Super Bowl Halftime show will be incredible.


Rihanna’s Successful Career

Though she doesn’t need an introduction for most people, Rihanna has been one of the biggest pop superstars of the last 20 years.

She’s sold over 250 albums worldwide, the second most of any female artist ever, behind only Madonna. 

Related: 41 Interesting Facts About Madonna 

The Barbados native released her first album, Music of the Sun, in 2005, and followed it with Girl Like Me in 2006.

She hit the big time with 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad, establishing herself as one of the top performers of our era, and one of its biggest sex symbols. 

Throughout the course of her career, Rihanna has collaborated with Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Shakira, and many others.

Some of her biggest hits include “We Found Love” (featuring Calvin Harris), “Work” (featuring Drake), “Diamonds,” and “FourFive Seconds” (featuring Beatle Paul McCartney and Kanye West).

Related: 15 Interesting Facts About the Beatles 

Related: Who is Kanye West? Birthdate, Relationships, Career, and More 

As mentioned, her last album, ANTI, was released in 2016. It was the first album by a female artist to spend an astounding 200 weeks on the Billboard 200.

Though she hasn’t released anything since then, clearly she has something brewing for the future – at the very least bringing another child into the world!

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Written by Erik Ritland

Erik Ritland is a songwriter, musician, journalist, and podcaster based in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s released over a dozen albums since 2002, most recently Old Dog Almost Gone (2021), the first-ever multimedia album, and his latest collection of all original material, A Scientific Search (2020). During his 15+ years as a music journalist, Erik has written hundreds of articles for Music in Minnesota, Something Else Reviews, his own blog Rambling On, and more. In addition to continuing his music career, Erik currently runs The Cosmic American, a music journalism website, and is the editor of Music in Minnesota.


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