The world buzzled with excitement as Rihanna made her long-awaited comeback to the Super Bowl stage with a powerhouse performance, featuring a medley of her biggest pop hits.
The Barbadian singer made a grand entrance, floating down on a stage in a stunning all-red outfit featuring a molded bustier and a belt that sparked speculation of her being pregnant.
Meanwhile, the rumors were confirmed by representatives for the singer, revealing that Rihanna is indeed expecting her second child.
While some fans were hoping for new music, they were treated to a throwback tour of all of Rihanna’s biggest club smashes, including “Where Have You Been,” “Only Girl (In the World),” “We Found Love,” “Rude Boy,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Work,” “All of the Lights,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Run This Town,” “Umbrella,” and “Diamonds.”
With a sea of dancers performing stunning acrobatics, Rihanna owned the stage, not bringing out any guest artists.
The evening marked a momentous occasion as Rihanna previously turned down the Super Bowl gig in protest of the NFL’s handling of race issues.
However, this time around she accepted the coveted slot, saying it was “important for representation” and for her son to see her perform on such a big stage.
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Since releasing “Anti” in 2016, Rihanna has taken a break from recording but has become a billionaire with her successful makeup, lingerie, and high-fashion brands, Fenty and Savage X Fenty.
She has performed occasional features and recently recorded music for the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, but the album she’s been teasing for years remains a mystery. But one thing’s for sure, Rihanna’s return to the Super Bowl stage was nothing short of legendary.