Rihanna will take center stage this Sunday for one of the most watched events of the year, the Super Bowl Halftime Show. The global superstar gave a glimpse on Thursday of what the creative process has looked like so far.
In an interview with Apple Music, the businesswoman and musician said her setlist changed 39 times before the show.
“Every little change matters, whether I want like a guitar cut, something cut, something added, or just put in a whole new song, or take out an entire song,” Rihanna told Apple Music, in an interview. which took place at the Phoenix Convention Center. “Every time I make a change, something has to be updated and it’s a new version.”
Rihanna’s performance at Super Bowl LVII was highly anticipated, not only because of her level of stardom, but also because it’s been nearly seven years since she stepped on stage. She also hasn’t released an album since “Anti” in 2016.
Last May, it hosted her first child, with her boyfriend, rapper A$AP Rocky. And in August 2021, Forbes announced that the beauty and fashion mogul had joined the billionaires club.
Like previous Super Bowl performers, Rihanna described the challenge of delivering a full setlist of music in 13 minutes. She also spoke about the importance of representation and how she plans to honor her Caribbean heritage.
“Representing immigrants, representing my country Barbados, representing black women everywhere,” Rihanna said. “It’s really important, it’s essential for people to see the possibilities. And I’m honored to be here, and I’m honored to do this, this year.”
Super Bowl LVII Kickoff between Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Watch Rihanna’s full interview below: