Sorry, football fans: we're more excited for the Super Bowl 2023 halftime show than the game itself—you know, considering the one and only Rihanna is headlining.
Not to take away attention from the two competing teams—the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, FYI—but Bad Gal Riri's first musical performance in nearly six years has certainly redirected our attention. Will we hear the classics? Does this mean we'll finally get a taste of a new Rihanna album? Needless to say, we have so many questions.
If you're looking to catch the Super Bowl LVII halftime, grab some nachos and a comfy spot on the couch. We'll tell you everything you need to know for how to watch the big event—but before then, be sure to check out the best Super Bowl halftime performances of all time. (Will our Caribbean queen make the list? Stay tuned!)
How to watch the Super Bowl 2023 halftime show:
How to watch the Super Bowl 2023 halftime in the US
The game itself as well as the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show will be shown live on Fox and Fox Deportes. For those who don't have access to cable TV, you can stream the big event using Sling TV, which carries FOX as part of their Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue packages.
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How to watch the Super Bowl 2023 halftime from anywhere
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When is the Super Bowl 2023 halftime show?
The Super Bowl 2023 halftime show will take place on Sunday, February 12.
The game itself kicks off at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT, live from the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. You can expect the halftime show to get underway around 8pm ET/5pm PT, though there's no specific start time so you'll want to be by the TV during the second quarter so you don't miss the halftime start.
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Who is going to be in the Super Bowl halftime show 2023?
Rihanna is set to make her long-awaited comeback to music with her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show. Other artists have yet to be announced, but we suspect a few musicians will join the "Diamonds" singer on stage.
If you ask her, she credits her enthusiasm for the performance to her son.
"When you become a mom there’s something that happens where you feel like you can take on the world and can do anything. The Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world," Rihanna said, according to Variety. "As scary as it was, because I haven’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all. It’s important for me to do this year. It’s important for my son to see that."
The publication further reports that RiRi changed her setlist at least 39 times, and her 13-minute long show will also be an ode to her roots.
"That’s a big part of why it’s important for me to do this show. Representing for my country, Barbados. Representing for Black women everywhere," she noted.
Though there is plenty of hype surrounding halftime in 2023, last year was quite notable, too. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar earned five Creative Arts Emmy nominations for their Super Bowl LVI halftime show performances. But Riri's return marks a change industry: this will be the first year of a partnership between Apple Music, the NFL and Roc Nation, which will replace Pepsi as the Super Bowl halftime show sponsor.
How long is Super Bowl halftime?
The Super Bowl halftime performance clocks in around 30 minutes, which is approximately 15 minutes longer than a typical NFL halftime. According to Variety, Rihanna is expected to be on stage for about 13 minutes.
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Who is singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl?
Before the two teams go head-to-head and Rihanna takes the stage, country superstar Chris Stapleton will perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl. Additionally, Babyface will perform "America the Beautiful" and Sheryl Lee Ralph from Abbott Elementary will perform "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
What songs will Rihanna perform at the Super Bowl?
No official setlist has been leaked ahead of Riri's halftime show, but that doesn't mean that fans—and football players—haven't taken to social media to heavily speculate on which potential hits the music superstar will be playing come February 12:
this is the ONLY right answer. pic.twitter.com/0J11ft6hn3February 7, 2023
I’m predicting Rihanna opens with “Where Have You Been” because that’s what people have been asking non stop since she’s been away from music 😂February 8, 2023
Me if Rihanna doesn’t perform Disturbia at the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/fIAqxbBZTzJanuary 30, 2023
NFL players guess Rihanna‘s opener song for her Super Bowl Halftime Show. "Umbrella", "Work" or a ballad? Via @TSN_Sports. pic.twitter.com/Tg7LGqU7tuFebruary 7, 2023
Ready for some football fun? And of course, a karaoke session with Rihanna? We'll catch you at game time! Don't forget to bring the nachos.
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