The 9 time Grammy winner, Fenty mogul and fashion disruptor ;after virtually abandoning her music career for six years, made her highly anticipated return to the stage Sunday in the grandest way possible with a fiery performance at 2023 Super Bowl halftime show.
NO COSTUME CHANGES. No guests joining her onstage. No curveball surprises in her set list. Nothing except Rihanna being a boss, perched on a glass platform that levitated above the field, kicked off her set reigning supreme at her Super Bowl halftime show. She crushed every possible prediction about how she would handle her first public performance in more than five years. Just the way she began with “Bitch Better Have My Money” was a statement in itself. She’s baaaack.
Rihanna’s bold red Super Bowl look paid homage to a legendary fashion industry figure, the late American Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. The star appeared wearing a red Loewe jumpsuit and bustier by Loewe, and a cropped red puffa by Alaïa. Later in the show, though, she swapped the shorter coat for a dramatic floor length puffa, also in crimson. The look was a subtle tribute to Talley, who was often photographed wearing a bold red sleeping bag coat by the designer Norma Kamali.
She finished off the look with MM6 Maison Margiela x Salomon Cross Sneakers, plus a bold red lip and lots of ear bling.
The scarlet sneakers from Maison Margiela X Salomon sneakers became a new trend setter in social media soon after the show
In terms of the playlist , it was a delight for Rihanna's fans to watch her perform her 17 years of work into 13 minutes. As summed in her own words ; Rihanna said: “It’s going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best way that we could have put it together.”...AND IT SURELY WAS ! After “Bitch Better Have My Money,” she went into “Where Have You Been,” “Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “Wild Thoughts,” and “Pour It Up.” Surprisingly, she did two consecutive Kanye songs, “All of the Lights” and “Run This Town,” which seemed mighty strange. But she didn’t go for the hat trick by adding “4-5 Seconds,” which would’ve given a chance for a Paul McCartney cameo. She cued up the inevitable “Umbrella,” and ended with the perfect finale “Diamonds,” as the sky lit up with fireworks.
Overall, the performance marked Rihanna's comeback with her icon status and also an anticipated an viral bump reveal. If the buzz is true, the fans would be elated and Rihanna would create history as the first pregnant woman to headline a Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Update: Rihanna's team confirms she's pregnant with her second child alongside her rapper boyfriend ASAP Rocky.