Arts & Culture

Rihanna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Brings Mixed Reviews

If you weren’t outside enjoying a winter walk, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on February 12th, you were probably inside watching the Super Bowl. This year’s Super Bowl was exciting because Rihanna made her long-awaited return to performing. It had been five years since Rihanna’s last live performance and seven years since she released an album. 

The singer descended from the sky at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, for a 13-minute halftime performance. Rihanna was suspended on a platform above the stage dressed in a red jumpsuit. She started her performance with the song, “B**** Better Have My Money” then moved onto a medley of hit songs such as “Where Have You Been,” “Only Girl,” and “We Found Love.” The performance featured luminescent platforms, strobe lights, and back up dancers dressed in large white coats and reflective sunglasses. Rihanna walked short laps around the stage and struck poses as she sang “Rude Boy” and “Work.” She can’t be blamed for not making any dramatic movements as it was revealed that she is pregnant with her second child. 

There were no special guests, but Rihanna performed choruses from songs that she has collaborated on like DJ Khalid’s “Wild Thoughts,” Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town.” She then sang brief versions of “Pour It Up” and “Umbrella.” The performance ended with her ascending towards the stadium roof as she sang “Diamonds.” After the show, many people took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Some people found the performance underwhelming. “No features or guest performances im so disappointed in my sis Rihanna show I’m not impressed,” tweeted @Realtoribree. However, many fans quickly came to Rihanna’s defense. “Some may say it was a bad performance but I was satisfied,” tweeted @olyodee. “I expected Rihanna to sing her hit songs and that’s exactly what she did. I’m giving her lots of credit especially for performing pregnant without a special guest. She did that! #SuperBowlLVII.”

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