The singer took the stage at the 2023 Super Bowl in Arizona for her first live performance in five years,
belting out a powerhouse medley of some of her greatest hits from a stunning arrangement of floating stages above the field.
She performed the hits without any guest appearances ― which had been the subject of much speculation ―
alongside an enormous crew of backup dancers clad in white puffer tracksuits.
Suspended in the air, Rihanna started out the set with “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and floated between ground and sky for renditions of “Where Have You Been,”
“Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “Wild Thoughts,” “Pour it Up,” “All of the Lights,” “Run This Town” and “Umbrella,” finishing with “Diamonds.”
Following widespread speculation the singer was announcing her pregnancy in her performance,
the singer’s representative confirmed she’s pregnant with her second child. She and her partner, rapper A$AP Rocky, welcomed a son in May.
The Grammy winner set social media afire in September when she announced that she’d be headlining the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show,
breaking what felt to fans like an interminable hiatus from music. Weeks later, she dropped her first solo release in six years,
“Lift Me Up,” as the lead single for the soundtrack of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
” The track has since earned the singer-songwriter her first Oscar nomination.