Chicago — Rihanna will take to the middle of the football field Sunday as Super Bowl 57’s halftime showstopper.
Most fans want to see the Barbados-born entertainer belt out her classics like “Umbrella”, “Diamonds” and “Pon de Replay” as they’ve longed to see her on stage again. They also think she can top last year’s halftime show which was an ode to the 1990s.
“Rihanna agreeing to perform at the Super Bowl after leaving the music industry for a long time is such a huge moment in itself that I don't think she needs to do much to trump last year's performance. If she performs her biggest hits, “Umbrella” and “Needed Me”, or bring what the fans have been waiting for, which is new music, I think she could easily top last year's performance,” said Kailyn Rhone of New York City.
Shane Crozier and Kierra Frazier agreed.
“Performing her greatest hits” is the best way to go, said Crozier of South Holland, Illinois.
Frazier, of Washington, D.C., added, “The fact that this is Rihanna’s comeback performance after around seven years alone tops last year’s performance, but Rihanna can outdo last year’s halftime show by playing throwbacks such as “Umbrella” or “Pon de Replay” to get the crowd hype.”
The choreography will help the performance stand out, according to Noah Johnson.
“She can top last year's halftime show with great choreography and performing some of her most classic songs. I think people want to hear things like “Umbrella” and “Diamonds”, said Johnson of Chicago.
Her presence is enough to make the show great, said Ariyana Griffin.
“Last year's halftime show was iconic, especially for me, a Los Angeles native. But she hasn't had a live performance since 2018. This is highly anticipated and will be legendary just by her stepping on the stage,” said Griffin.
Markel Collins said it’s not about topping last year’s performance, or any other previous performer.
"I don't think that Rihanna can necessarily top last year's performance. Last year was a celebration of the 90's and early 2000's hip hop. I think that Rihanna is going to leave her own imprint on the halftime show just like previous iconic performers such as Michael Jackson and Beyoncé," said Collins of Las Vegas.