Earlier this week, the NFL announced that it will partner with Apple Music as the sponsor for the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show. After rumors that Taylor Swift would be chosen as this year’s halftime performer began to circulate, Rihanna announced that she will officially be headlining the show. As part of the Super Bowl announcement, Dr. Dre sat down with Apple Music 1 host Ebro Darden to discuss Rihanna’s headlining performance.
“I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine,” Dr. Dre said. “It’s fantastic. She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high.”
Dr. Dre notably performed alongside Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg at last year’s event, which was also the first Super Bowl to feature hip-hop during its halftime performance. Describing his Super Bowl debut, he said:
Super Bowl LVII takes place on February 12, 2023 and will be broadcast live on Fox. It’s the first Super Bowl Halftime Show to feature Apple Music as its presenting sponsor, following a decade of sponsorship from Pepsi.
Rihanna’s performance is her first since 2018, when she appeared alongside DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Since then, she’s given birth to her first child with A$AP Rocky, and continued to work on her Fenty clothing line.
Read Pitchfork’s feature “The Super Bowl’s First Hip-Hop Halftime Show Was an Exercise in Easy Nostalgia.”