She started and ended the Tremendous Bowl 57 halftime present hovering excessive above the sector at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The efficiency lacked the shock friends stars included in lots of earlier Tremendous Bowl halftimes, save one — her consultant revealed afterward that the singer is pregnant together with her second little one.
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Rihanna wore a puffy, vibrant crimson jumpsuit with tight, rubbery garb beneath that confirmed a child bump that fueled a wave of social media hypothesis till the large revelation. She stood on a clear rectangular platform that raised and lowered as she belted out the lyrics to certainly one of her songs over the turf the place the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have been battling moments earlier.
Rihanna performs in the course of the halftime present on the NFL Tremendous Bowl 57 soccer recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)
Dancers sporting white ski-style fits and shaded goggles had their very own suspended platforms that moved in live performance with hers.
She and the dancers have been lowered to a protracted stage that matched her outfit as she sped by way of hits together with “Work,” “The place Have You Been,” and “Solely Lady,” belting out “Need you to make me really feel like I’m the one woman on the planet.”
There have been additionally not one of the fixed costume adjustments and scene shifts from earlier years. The theme — and the colour scheme — stayed the identical all through the 13-minute present, with crimson lights bathing the stage at occasions and golden fireworks exploding within the air above her.
The lengthy stage allowed for prolonged pull-away photographs as she stared down the digicam and overhead monitoring photographs of Rihanna and her dancers.
At one level she powdered her face and checked it in a mirror earlier than getting again on the mic.
Rihanna prepares to carry out earlier than the halftime present on the NFL Tremendous Bowl 57 soccer recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)
Lights sparkled from the stands as she was hoisted alone again into the air and sang “Diamonds” — with its chorus of “shine vibrant like a diamond” — because the set closed.
Rihanna’s efficiency was her first solo efficiency occasion in seven years, and her first since turning into a mom for the primary time 9 months in the past.
A merely spangled banner
Dressed merely in clean black denim and sun shades, with neatly combed hair as a substitute of his signature feathered cowboy hat, he sang the anthem as a plaintive ballad, choosing it as much as rock solely briefly as he delivered the ultimate strains “banner but wave” and “land of the free!”
Chris Stapleton sings the nationwide anthem earlier than the NFL Tremendous Bowl 57 soccer recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)
His anthem felt gradual, however it clocked in at 2 minutes, 2 seconds, underneath the two minutes, 5 seconds predicted by oddsmakers. However it was greater than 10 seconds longer than final 12 months’s sung by one other nation star, Mickey Guyton.
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni and beginning heart Jason Kelce each had tears of their eyes throughout Stapleton’s emotional efficiency.
Because the eight-time Grammy winner sang, “CODA” star Troy Kotsur, the primary deaf man to win an appearing Oscar, signed the anthem lyrics.
Sporting a flowing crimson velvet robe, Ralph started the music dubbed the Black nationwide anthem as a reflective ballad, and it turned a hovering hymn because it went on, with military-style drums becoming a member of her and a choir dressed all in white chiming in behind her on the sector at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph performs Carry Each Voice, also known as the Black nationwide anthem, previous to the NFL Tremendous Bowl 57 soccer recreation between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP)
And R&B legend Babyface delivered “America the Lovely” as a soulful folks music, enjoying an acoustic guitar painted with an American flag and blue flowers as he stood alone on the sector. A backing monitor with drum machines and singers kicked in earlier than he was executed.
Well-known followers, performers and pitch individuals
Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper, sporting an Eagles T-shirt, celebrated from the stands as his group put the primary factors of a thriller of a recreation on the board. One other well-known Philly fan, Kevin Hart, sporting a jersey, stood and flapped his arms.
Jay-Z, Tiffany Haddish, rapper GloRilla and chef Gordon Ramsay have been additionally noticed within the stadium.
Pregame performances got here from DJ Snake and Jason Derulo, whose backup dancers included synchronized robotic canine.
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