NFL-Rihanna plans extremely anticipated return to stage with Tremendous Bowl halftime present


By Amy Tennery

PHOENIX (Reuters) – 9-time Grammy Award winner Rihanna makes her extremely anticipated return to reside efficiency at Tremendous Bowl 57 on Sunday, headlining a halftime present that can spotlight her Caribbean tradition.

The Barbados-born singer has not launched a solo album since January 2016 and followers can be clamouring to see the 34-year-old chart-topper when she takes the stage for a worldwide viewers of tens of millions at State Farm Stadium, the place the Philadelphia Eagles will tackle the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

The worldwide famous person stated she was impressed to tackle the problem after giving delivery to her first baby in Might.

“Whenever you turn into a mother there’s one thing that simply occurs (and) you are feeling like you may tackle the world, you are able to do something,” she instructed reporters in Phoenix on Thursday.

“In order scary as that was as a result of I have never been on stage in seven years, there’s one thing exhilarating in regards to the problem of all of it. And it is necessary for me to do that, this 12 months. It is necessary for illustration, it is necessary for my son to see that.”

Rihanna’s solely solo music within the final seven years got here in October when she launched “Carry Me Up” in tribute to late actor Chadwick Boseman for the Marvel movie “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally” and the singer was nominated for an Academy Award.

It’s the second time Rihanna has been requested to carry out on the Tremendous Bowl after she reportedly turned down a suggestion in 2018 out of solidarity for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his protest towards racial injustice.

Whereas the main points of the annual halftime present are as carefully guarded because the groups’ playbooks, Rihanna indicated that she would incorporate parts of her Caribbean tradition within the efficiency.

“That is an enormous a part of why that is necessary for me to do that present: illustration, representing for immigrants, representing for my nation, Barbados, representing for Black ladies all over the place,” she stated.

It’s going to take a crew of 300 to 400 staff to assemble the stage in eight minutes and break it down simply as shortly – a feat of ingenuity requiring military-like precision for the 13-minute halftime live performance.

“It is unbelievable – it is nearly inconceivable,” stated Rihanna, who instructed a crowd of reporters on Thursday that she had not slept the night time earlier than when an on-site rehearsal ran lengthy.

“I have been so centered on the Tremendous Bowl I completely forgot that my birthday is developing (on Feb. 20),” the singer added. “I completely forgot about Valentine’s Day. I am similar to, Tremendous Bowl, Tremendous Bowl, Tremendous Bowl.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in Phoenix; Modifying by Ken Ferris)

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