Dr. Dre offers Rihanna advice for Super Bowl halftime show

dr Dre, headlining the Super Bowl LVI halftime show and self-proclaimed Rihanna “superfan,” “can’t wait to see” what the “Umbrella” artist has in store for next year’s event.

During a radio interview with Apple Music 1 on Sunday, the “Next Episode” rapper offered some advice to Rihanna, who’d just been tapped to headline the Super Bowl LVII halftime show.

“Put the right people around and have fun,” Dre said loudly persons Magazine.

“So it’s basically making sure you have the right creative people around you,” he added. “Maybe she’d like to check out some of the people we used to do our show with.”

This year’s halftime program at Inglewood’s SoFi Stadium was an electrifying tribute to hip-hop and Los Angeles, led by Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.

Amid speculation, the National Football League, Apple Music and Roc Nation announced on Sunday that “generational talent” and “cultural force” Rihanna will headline the 2023 halftime show.

“I just like [Rihanna] and what she does and how she comes down and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It’s fantastic,” Dre told Apple Music 1.

“She has the ability to really blow our minds. I know we set the bar extremely high.”

Dre wasn’t the only famous Rihanna fan celebrating Sunday’s program announcement. Several big artists – including Lizzo, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber – reacted enthusiastically to the news on social media.

“Screaming,” Lizzo commented on Rihanna’s Instagram post, confirming her involvement.

“Damn yes,” Perry wrote.

“The Queen is back,” Bieber added.

According to Pitchfork, the 2023 halftime show will be Rihanna’s first public appearance in five years. The Grammy-winning singer has been on a musical hiatus since the release of her last studio album, Anti, in 2016 as she continues to build her Fenty business empire.

“Rihanna at halftime?? yeah”, tweeted Halle Bailey, singer and star of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

“Rihanna!! Super Bowl?!?! uhhh,” echoed Halle Bailey’s sister and musical partner Chlöe Bailey.

In 2019, Rihanna confirmed to Vogue that she “absolutely” turned down a previous offer to host the Super Bowl halftime show because the NFL’s treatment of quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick.

“I wouldn’t dare. For what? Who benefits? Not my people,” she told the fashion magazine.

“I just couldn’t be a sellout. I could not be an enabler. There are things within this organization that I do not agree with at all and I had no intention of serving them in any way.”

The Times reached out to Rihanna’s rep to clarify why she decided to accept the gig this time. Super Bowl 2023 will take place on February 12th at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-26/rihanna-super-bowl-halftime-show-2023-dr-dre Dr. Dre offers Rihanna advice for Super Bowl halftime show

Sarah Ridley

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