Rihanna Super Bowl halftime staging list: 8 songs Rihanna should perform

Though I don’t think Rihanna will release any new music in her time. super bowl halftime show, the performance itself feels substantial. Her attention since the release of “ANTI” in 2016 has focused on her Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty brands. It’s safe to say we’ll see her wear her own designs during the mid-time performance, but the focus will return to the music that first made her a star more than 17 years ago. .

To create a performance set list, Rihanna recently said(Opens in a new tab) Her biggest challenge was “deciding how to maximize 13 minutes but also celebrate [my music.] That’s what this show is going to be: a celebration of my catalog.” Music director Adam Blackstone said Good Morning America(Opens in a new tab) that Ri wanted the show to be “epic”. He also calls Rihanna’s incredible record “a gift and a curse,” and I know what he meant because putting together this list was a challenge. She has so many hits so narrowing down on some of them is difficult, As a Navy, my dream halftime performance looks like this:

Mashup introduced: “Pon de Replay,” “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Rude Boy,” “S&M, “Diamond,” and “This is What You Came For”

Rihanna fans know she’s a star, but the intro needs to remind the public (aka football fans) that she’s an icon. To set the scene and rock the crowd before she even hit the stage, a minute-long medley of viral hits and tracks from her 18-year career — 2005’s “Pon de Replay” (her debut single), 2007’s “Don’t” Stop the Music,” 2009’s “Rude Boy” and 2010’s “S&M” — recommended, paired with audio tracks from 2012’s “Diamond” and 2016’s “This is What You Came For” (I’ll add 2015’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” but don’t think it’ll pass the Super Bowl’s family-friendly filter).

Rihanna performed a similar-style ensemble at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards and was a huge success, so I know she’s capable of creating an excellent mix. In 60 seconds, the crowd will not only be excited by the performance but also impressed by Rihanna’s ability to produce multiple hits.

“Only girls in the world)”

This 2010 banger is the quintessence of RiRi: sexy, bold and party-ready (though it lacks the Barbadian character). This crowd-pleasing film is a perfect opening because it will immerse millennial women in their emotions, geeks and boomers will. sing along, reminiscing about singing along to it on the car radio in 2010.

“What’s My Name” and “Work” feat. Drake (or A$AP Rocky)

Drake’s ex and collaborator will show up at some point, featuring on two of Rihanna’s biggest hits. The duo’s chemistry is unbeatable and past episodes, like enticing “Work” performance at this BRIT Awards,(Opens in a new tab) prove that their stage synergy is the size of a Super Bowl stadium. I would be remiss not to note that Rihanna is currently happily in a relationship with A$AP Rocky, so maybe hell Be a cameo instead.

Piano Concerto: “California King Bed,” “Stay” and “Love on the Brain”

Accompany her on the transparent acrylic piano so the haters can see it, yes, she To be playing it herself, Rihanna lets her raw vocals shine in this intro. My ideal medley begins with the criminally underrated “California King Bed” and moves on to her hits “Stay” and “Love on the Brain,” though I know it’s unlikely. We’ll hear anything about California at this Arizona headquarters. event. Remember Rihanna’s 2016 “Love on the Brain” when she performed in a gown? I hope she brings that energy to this part of the show and hangs a giant train over the piano bench.

“Umbrella” feat. Jay-Z

Rihanna Have to do “Umbrella,” and it had to include rain. To open the stage, a hooded figure will appear. A familiar voice said, “Super Bowl 57!” and guess what, it’s Jay-Z in a black and yellow raincoat. He sings the opening line and when he asks “Little Miss Sunshine, Rihanna, where are you?” RiRi cutscenes, suspended in the air through an umbrella, Mary Poppins style. She lands and performs when Jay-Z is just hanging out with her and promoting (at this point, I don’t really think about him anymore). She waved goodbye to Jay and walked out to the center of the stage to sing the bridge. When she said “I’ll let the rain fall, I’ll be all you need and more”, the water system kicks in. Rihanna completed the song with more than two dozen dancers performing choreography that included a wet hair flip.

Finale: “We Found Love”

“We Found Love” is a perfect ending song for Super Bowl Sunday because it hits all the notes right. It’s bright and vibrant, with a deadly beat and chorus that’s about 90% instrumental. It will leave everyone happy. And because RiRi doesn’t have to sing so much during the chorus, she can dance, splash and spin on stage as colorful fireworks explode behind her. An ending that matches what we can expect to be one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time.


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