Super Bowl halftime show reviews 2023: The best, worst reactions to Rihanna’s performance

After five years away, fans got Rihanna for 13 minutes on Sunday.

Rihanna was tapped as the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show artist in September, giving fans a pause in the Chiefs-Eagles action to reintroduce herself to the world. And reintroduce herself she did.

It was a memorable show that was met with some praise, featuring some anti-gravity performances and an all-hits playlist that thrilled viewers. What made Rihanna’s performance all the more special? She’s actually pregnant with her second child. That’s the stuff of Super Bowl legend.

Rihanna last performed live in January 2018, and hasn’t released a new album since 2016, so to say that her performance on Sunday during Super Bowl 57 is highly anticipated seems to bit a bit of an understatement. Rihanna, obviously, knows this as well, leading to an ample amount of research ahead of Sunday.

The superstar said on Feb. 8 that she had 39 different potential setlists for this Sunday’s performance, certainly lending to endless possibilities when she hits the stage.

MORE: Watch Super Bowl 57 live with fuboTV (free trial)

The Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the 2023 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Rihanna. Follow below for our reviews during halftime of Super Bowl 57.

(All times are Eastern.)

Super Bowl 2023 halftime show reviews

Plenty of people who tuned in got in some thoughts on Rihanna’s solo performance:

Super Bowl 2023 halftime show live updates

8:41 p.m.: And the show finishes with Rihanna on a floating platform. 

8:38 p.m.: “Umbrella” is next, and that’s followed by “Diamonds.” 

8:37 p.m.: “Run This Town” is next. 

8:36 p.m.: “All of the Lights” is up next, but no sign of Kanye West here.

8:34 p.m.: “Wild Thoughts” is next, and “Pour It Up.”

8:32 p.m.: “Rude Boy” is next, followed by “Work.”

8:31 p.m.: Dickie V. is a big Rihanna fan, baby!

8:30 p.m.: Next is “Only Girl (In The World),” followed quickly by “We Fell In Love.”

8:29 p.m.: “Where Have You Been” is up next, and the stage comes back to turf.

8:28 p.m.: The halftime show begins with Rihanna on a big floating platform performing “B— Better Have My Money.” 

8:25 p.m.: The lights are out. The stage is set. 

8:21 p.m.: One commercial break sits between the return of Rihanna and the fans.

8:16 p.m.: It is halftime. Riri is back, y’all.

8:13 p.m.: There are 22 seconds left in the half, which means the show is about five minutes out or so.

8:06 p.m.: The Eagles have one final shot to score before the half, but the show is almost here.

8:00 p.m.: Just minutes away from the start of the halftime festivities. 

7:54 p.m.: Count Serena among those extremely excited for the halftime show:

7:17 p.m.: Rihanna fans, we’re sure that you’ll be looking like Nick Sirianni when she takes the stage.

MORE: Why Rihanna was chosen for Super Bowl 57 after turning down NFL in 2019

How to watch Rihanna in the Super Bowl 57 halftime show

The Super Bowl 57 halftime show will be broadcast on Fox following the end of the second quarter for Eagles vs. Chiefs. You can stream the 2023 halftime show using the Fox Sports app or with fuboTV, which offers a free trial for new subscribers.

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