Few spectacles are as huge, as (over)hyped, as grand because the Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present. By no means thoughts that each NFL recreation appears to attempt to flip halftime into some kind of 5-minute live performance starring somebody you won’t have ever heard of (that’ll rely in your age, in fact).
The Tremendous Bowl Halftime Present is for everybody. And whereas each halftime present is nice, some are higher than others. This yr? It’s going to be good. Actually good. You’re completely going to need to watch Tremendous Bowl 2023 on February 12 not only for the sport — it’s Eagles versus Chiefs, by the way in which — however for the performances.
Who’s within the Tremendous Bowl 2023 halftime present?
The headliner for the Tremendous Bowl 2023 halftime present is none aside from Rihanna. That in and of itself is a reasonably large deal — the girl is aware of the best way to placed on a present. And she or he’ll have the opportunity to take action within the kind of manner that we’ve come to anticipate from the most important recreation of the yr. It’ll be accessible, with songs you’ve undoubtedly heard earlier than. And it’ll be principally family-friendly, as a result of that is the NFL, in fact, and the sport is on broadcast TV.
The halftime celebration additionally might be out there on Fox in 4K decision and in HDR, so that you’ll get RiRi in all of the gorgeous element she deserves.
But it surely’s additionally Rihanna we’re speaking about, so there might be a little bit of an edge to the efficiency. Dare we are saying it’ll in all probability have simply the correct quantity of intercourse attraction.
There’s one other main character affecting this yr’s Tremendous Bowl halftime present — and that’s Apple. The present itself has all the time had a predominant presenting sponsor, and this yr it’s Apple Music. So it’s formally the “Apple Music Halftime Present.”
And which means we’ve received a top-tier performer and a top-tier sponsor — neither of that are recognized to place out one thing half-baked. And judging from the teaser the 2 put out on January 13, it’s going to be fairly the spectacle.
Rihanna gave us a bit preview as to what’s coming too, in an interview with Nadeska Alexis three days earlier than the occasion. “We’re excited to do the Tremendous Bowl,” Rihanna stated throughout the dwell occasion streamed on YouTube and Apple Music, amongst different locations. “We’ve been engaged on it for some time, and daily it simply will get nearer and nearer to the completed product.”
The Tremendous BowlHalftime Present additionally marks Rihanna’s return to dwell performances after various years and the start of her son in Might 2022.
“I haven’t been on stage in seven years,” she stated. “There’s one thing exhilarating concerning the problem of all of it. It’s vital for me to do that this yr. It’s vital for illustration. It’s vital for my son to see that.”
Anticipate a few of RiRi’s best hits, however there’s merely an excessive amount of music to cram right into a halftime present — even one which occurs throughout the largest sporting occasion of the yr.
“The setlist was the most important problem,” she stated. “That was the toughest, hardest half — deciding the best way to maximize 13 minutes, but additionally have a good time. That’s what the present’s gonna be — it’s gonna be a celebration of my catalog in one of the best ways that we may have put it collectively.”
Apple Music Radio could have particular halftime present programming too, together with Halftime Hype Radio — a 10-part collection “reflecting on a number of the most notable Tremendous Bowl halftime performances of all time.” (One of the best, in fact, is Prince.)
We don’t know precisely what time the halftime present will occur, since it is a dwell sporting occasion we’re speaking about. Kickoff is scheduled for six:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 12 (that’s 3:30 p.m. on the West Coast). The sport might be broadcast on Fox. Determine a minimum of 90 minutes to get via the primary two quarters, but it surely’s all the time higher to tune in earlier relatively than later, simply to be sure you don’t miss something.
And moreover, you don’t need to miss all the good Tremendous Bowl commercials! And, ya know, the sport itself.
Who else is within the halftime present?
Rihanna is huge. One of the best, even. However she’s not the one star we’ll see throughout the recreation. Take into account this: The present is being produced by Roc Nation. And whenever you hear Roc Nation, you additionally hear Shawn Carter. Does that imply we’ll see Jay-Z on the stage with Rihanna? We wouldn’t put cash towards it? How about another person from the Roc Nation roster? Completely potential.
It doesn’t matter what, every part goes to be coated as tightly as potential. Fox says it has 94 cameras available. Forty-four of them are recreation cameras, one other 18 for pregame festivities, and 16 robotic cameras. And that’s along with all of the nonetheless photographers available.
Who’s performing the Nationwide Anthem?
The NFL introduced a number of the pregame leisure, and it’s huge. Headlining the pre-halftime performances is Chris Stapleton, with the winner of eight Grammy Awards, 15 Nation Music Affiliation Awards, and 10 Academy of Nation Music Awards performing the nationwide anthem. Arizona native and actor Troy Kotsur (you’ll keep in mind him from the Apple TV+ movie CODA) will carry out the music in American Signal Language.
Following that up is R&B legend Babyface, who will sing America the Stunning. And Emmy-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph will sing Elevate Each Voice and Sing.