Earlier last week, the NFL announced that it will partner with Apple Music as the sponsor for the 2023 Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show. After circulating rumors that Taylor Swift would be the halftime performer, Rihanna took to Instagram on Sunday (Sept 25) to announce that she’ll be officially headlining the show.
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Among those looking forward to watching Rihanna’s Halftime Performance is her self-declared super-fan, Dr. Dre, who gave a show-stopping performance at the Super Bowl this year, alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary. J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, and 50 Cent.
According to People and as part of the Super Bowl announcement, Dr. Dre sat with Apple Music 1 Host Ebro Darden to discuss Rihanna’s headlining performance. This is what he had to say:
“Oh, my God. Let me tell you something, man. I actually just got the news that Rihanna’s going to do [the Halftime Show], and I’m a super fan of Rihanna. “I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do.”
“I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It’s fantastic. “She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high,” he added.
When asked if he had any advice for Rihanna ahead of the show, the ‘Still D.R.E’ rapper said, “Put the right people around, and have fun.”
“That’s basically what it is, making sure you have the right creative people around you,” he said, adding, “She might want to look into some of the people that we used to do our show.”
Continuing to speak to Ebro Darden, Dr. Dre also talked about being nervous ahead of his performance this past February.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been that nervous before,” he said. “Not only that, I don’t know if I’ve ever looked more forward to a Monday morning.”
“So it’s the preparation and making sure you have the right people around you. All of these people came through for me, and everybody was extremely enthusiastic about the show. We had a good time, although it’s a lot of things and a lot of people you have to depend on,” he continued.
“You’re talking about at least 3,000 people that you have to depend on to get this show right for 13 minutes, but it’s fun at the same time. When it’s down, it’s like goosebumps, bro. I got goosebumps, especially from the reaction we got from the show, and especially being able to do the show with all my friends.”
And Dr. Dre isn’t the only super-star looking forward to this expected-to-be-world-stopping show.
Just after Rihanna posted an image of a hand holding a football Sunday, captioned with a single period, ROC Nation posted the same image on their respective IG account, writing, “Let’s GO,” and tagged Rihanna and the NFL, and included the hashtag “#SBLVII.”
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“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginning who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Jay-Z, who previously signed a deal with the NFL to head the league’s musical entertainment, said in a statement.
“A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”
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