12:02 PM PT — The NFL just tweeted with official confirmation … Rihanna’s the headliner! Jay-Z says in the tweet, “Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
12:00 PM PT — Rihanna just posted a pic of her hand holding an NFL football. NFL sources tell TMZ … she’s in!!!
The Super Bowl Halftime Show could be lit beyond words, because TMZ has learned the NFL and Roc Nation have been in talks with Rihanna to headline.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … there have been multiple discussions with Rihanna and her team. We do not know if she’s a firm go, but our sources say the NFL may reveal who they’ve locked up as early as Sunday afternoon via tweet.
Rihanna makes a lot of sense, because she’s a Roc Nation artist, so it’s an easy call for Jay-Z. BTW, Rihanna has been teasing her new music for more than a year, and if she’s ready to release it there’s no better platform than the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
We’re told there have also been discussions with another performer, but it’s not either/or — in other words, there would be at least 2 performers on stage.
It’s interesting … Rihanna turned down an offer to headline at the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show because of her opposition to the way Colin Kaepernick was treated by the NFL.