There has been a lot of discussion on social media about a wish to see Rihanna perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl Halftime and as it turns out, the NFL wanted her on its stage, too. And though the Halftime Show is a great look for a performer, Rihanna took a pass on the offer as of show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, who has found himself frozen out of the league due to his role leading a bended-knee protest against police brutality.
“Rihanna was the front-runner for next year’s super bowl halftime show,” a source told ET. “CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling. The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s right in her eyes.”
A second source said the NFL reached out to both Rihanna and Pink, but the negotiations took so long, they both backed out. The same source claims Kaepernick was not mentioned by Rihanna’s team in the discussions.
It was announced in September 2018 that Maroon 5 landed the Super Bowl LIII halftime gig, which will take place on February 3, 2019. At the same time, there’s been chatter Cardi B might pop up to perform “Girls Like You,” a Maroon 5 song she’s featured on. Neither the NFL nor Maroon 5 have confirmed the news.