One of the main reasons that the Super Bowl is such a highly anticipated event for football and non-football fans alike is the annual Super Bowl Halftime Show. The headliner for Super Bowl LVII was Rihanna, and many offered their opinions on the pop superstar’s performance.
Rihanna, came out to her hit song “B*tch Better Have my Money,” which was actually +1100 to be her first song of the night for Super Bowl Halftime Show prop bettors.
B*TCH BETTER HAVE MY MONEY @Rihanna #AppleMusicHalftime
— NFL (@NFL) February 13, 2023
During her performance, she played a number of iconic songs, including “Only Girl(In the World),” “Rude Boy,” “Umbrella,” “We Found Love” and “Work” among many others.
RIHANNA’S SET LIST #HalftimeShow pic.twitter.com/89D6QODLEO
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) February 13, 2023
Overall, it seems like the reaction to Rihanna’s performance amongst the NFL world is overwhelmingly positive, with many believing that this performance was among the best in recent memory.
Rihanna right now: pic.twitter.com/J7unHchaMe
— DraftKings (@DraftKings) February 13, 2023
all of the lights is a rihanna song now.
— anthony “light 1” fantano (@theneedledrop) February 13, 2023
RIHANNA CRUSHING IT 🔥 (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/em8PjI4F5C
— Overtime (@overtime) February 13, 2023
A$AP Rocky was loving every minute of @rihanna's halftime show 😍
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 13, 2023
Take a bow, @rihanna 🔥
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) February 13, 2023
Many thought ahead of the performance that there may be features from a number of prominent artists, including Jay-Z, Drake, or Rihanna’s boyfriend and hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky.
However, Rihanna rode solo on this performance, and many credited her for doing so and performing well by most standards.
Rihanna rocked the SuperBowl with no features. (Guests)
— O’Shea Jack(Nichol)son (@OsheaJacksonJr) February 13, 2023
Rihanna, no features, no guests, no issues. Made it look easy. What a cool performance. First song 🔥. Last song 🔥. In between 🔥.
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) February 13, 2023
I really liked the simplicity of Rihanna’s halftime show. She’s a great standalone artist – no need for features, costume changes or complicated sets/choreography.
— Luke Slabaugh (@LukeSlabaugh) February 13, 2023
However, the Super Bowl Halftime Show did not go without controversy. Many fans took notice of a bit of a baby bump to Rihanna, which many speculated about on social media.
Most captivating show ever? Maybe not. But Rihanna proudly rocked a baby bump and kept all her clothes on. I’m sorry y’all but I’mma count that as a win.
— Brittany Hughes (@RealBrittHughes) February 13, 2023
.@Rihanna rocking that baby bump
— Laura McCallum (@LauraMcCallumB) February 13, 2023
Rihanna killed it. Not that I expected anything else. Baby bump and all! #Rihanna
— Jonathon D. Randle M. Ed (@Councilman_JRan) February 13, 2023
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky previously had a baby back in May of 2022, and speculation is that they could be expecting a second. Regardless, this performance appears to be a memorable one to many watching Super Bowl LVII at home.