Report: Rihanna Denied Super Bowl Halftime Show

Published: Thursday 18th Oct 2018 by Sam

Maroon 5 may have been tapped to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show. However, according to a new report, they apparently weren’t the first choice — Rihanna was.

Details below…

Citing a source close to the situation US Magazine shared:

“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”

After Rihanna, 30, rebuffed the halftime offer, the NFL extended it to Maroon 5.


After all, RiRi is said to be dropping new music imminently. And she is one of the few stars left of a specific ilk that is Super Bowl worthy. So it’s not at all far fetched that there were conversations. Nor is the reason why she would have turned it down.

For, the kneeling controversy remains a major issue in the Black diaspora. Indeed, Rih’s mentor Jay-Z confirmed he too turned down the Bowl (after initially being tapped to co-headline with Justin Timberlake this year) for similar reasons.

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  1. IG @mixedboy October 18, 2018

    Rihanna TURNS DOWN, Not Rihanna DENIED! 🙄

    • NajSinger October 18, 2018

      THANK YOU!!! The title is COMPLETELY misleading! Thought it was just me

    • BIGGESTAALIYAH October 18, 2018

      Thank You. Headline was clickbate!!! Happy and not surprised she turned them down.

    • Phyl October 21, 2018

      Thank You !!

  2. Seth October 18, 2018

    Props to her for taking a stance for a noble cause. Most artists view this as free publicity and she felt it was more important to speak out

  3. MUSICHEAD October 18, 2018

    Good for her!

  4. DanYiel Iman October 18, 2018

    ✌🏽😂 obviously she doesn’t have super bowl vocals!! Her live concerts always have CMTFU!! Never a high note in sight!! Even Britney Spears lip sings her semi-high notes!!

    • ??? October 18, 2018

      lmaooo that roach screetching that your fave does isn’t vocals either tho lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

      • KillMonger Was Right (Tyler) October 18, 2018

        The nerve! Rihanna sounds like she smokes 5 packs a day. So bye lol!

  5. Candid October 18, 2018

    Y’all need to change that whack assss title. She clearly turned it down, not denied! Anything for click bait.

  6. Xoxo October 18, 2018

    Your heading is misleading… it should be DECLINED and NOT “denied”

  7. Achooo! October 18, 2018

    Good! For somebody that had many albums and singles Rihanna has yet to mastered live singing, choreography, rhythm and stage presence. She failed every category except fashion and hit single. A mess! Please refer to her singing Mariah “Hero” for reference.

    • Lowkey October 18, 2018

      And how long ago was that?

    • XYZ October 19, 2018

      That was like 15 years ago and her voice has developed a lot within this period. Rihanna can actually sing. She is often a hit or miss, yes, but that is due to her, what I think, laziness to practice. Just look at her performing stay, diamonds, california king bed and you‘ll see that she can sing. And she has rythm, she just isn’t the best dancer. And doesn’t need to. And as for the presence, she has actually a lot of presence which is due to her it factor.

  8. ??? October 18, 2018

    lmfaooooo yasss queen! And that’s why Rihanna is Queen, she’s her own woman that stands for what’s right. she’s not a slave like camel’s pet roach, who bent over for the nfl twice lmfaooooo 😂 😂😂 😂

    • Karter October 19, 2018

      🗣GET 🗣HELP 🤣🤣 Your obsession of Beyoncé is unreal. I’m pretty sure you mention her more than your OWN FAVE! 🤣😂 it’s too much! You probably have a shrine dedicated to Beyoncé in your closet don’t you?

  9. Beygr8 October 18, 2018

    She’s a s*** performer anyway. Almost worst than Mariah.

  10. Mark111 October 18, 2018

    Good for her because it didn’t work out for Justin Timberfake at all, not one bit. Rihanna is a superstar, she doesn’t really need the NFL. The only think I can think of is to promote a tour.

    We all know Beyonce would jump on stage in a heartbeat…again.

    • SMH October 18, 2018

      Because beyonce is a Grade A phony that’s why lol.

    • Hmmm… October 18, 2018

      Lmao But Rihanna promoted her ANTI tour with all the bells and whistles and it was a FLOP, sis! Or did you forget?? Rihanna has never in her life moved a live crowd the way any true performer has, including Beyoncé. Lol sis can’t shut it down at her own shows, let alone on a stage as big as the Super Bowl.

      • Datredd23 October 19, 2018

        Her standing ovations of stay and love on the Brain say otherwise hun

    • Haterz Gon’ Hate October 19, 2018

      But the greats were never hit and miss. Do you research – they delivered consistently and their legacy is more than a couple of standing ovations for spending a couple more weeks with a voice coach only to smoke those vocals back to pasture bleeting and lack of breath control in the next performance … 🗣🤳🏾

  11. SMH October 18, 2018

    Rihanna DECLINED the halftime show. Why does this site hate Rihanna so much? Don’t be mad because she’s not a fake activist like that other artist that sold her soul to her husband to stay famous.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️B October 18, 2018

      Because as a singer, rihanna is trash. Don’t be mad they don’t stab mediocrity, they’re on the same boat with Taylor Swift and her non singing self… and she at least writes her own stuff

    • Hmmm… October 18, 2018

      Lol I know you don’t have the nerve to cry about unwarranted hatred when you treat Beyoncé with the same energy. And what’s funny is that you Rihanna stans were the first ones to bring Beyoncé’s name up. You’re negatively obsessed all the same, hun. Rihanna is a mediocre singer, dancer, performer, writer, etc. There is literally NO aspect of music and artistry in which she is exceptional. At all. Deal with it.

  12. Jasmine Da Bi Asian NOT Trashmine or TROLLmine🙋🏿‍♀️💁🏿‍♀️B October 18, 2018

    Rihanna is not a strong performer though. She’s popular and has hits but she is boring and not organically strong as a singer/dancer/performer.

  13. Wonder Woman October 18, 2018

    I would rather see Britney to be honest

  14. #TeamTinashe Stan October 18, 2018

    I dont blame her, she wouldn’t be able to do a 12 minute performance.

    Good move.

    • Mark111 October 19, 2018

      Tinashoes wouldn’t be able to book the stage.

      Poor move.

  15. No name needed October 18, 2018

    well Sam wrote this so doesn’t surprise me he would make it seem like she was denied, even if it’s just in the title.

  16. Datredd23 October 18, 2018

    This is like the second time she had turned it down ! Her power! Oh well it seems they need her more then she needs them ! Her relevancy is to phenomenal she doesn’t need a Super Bowl to help with anything! She’s on her way to becoming a billionaire

  17. The Wig Snatcher October 18, 2018

    I love you, Rihanna!!! Shame on TGJ for the clickbait title.

  18. Datredd23 October 18, 2018

    She was also featured on Rolling Stones Top 100 Millenial list. Coming in at number 12 and being the number 1 female that has shaped the millennium. Her impact is undeniable

  19. Slave4u October 18, 2018

    Should’ve taken the job and made a political performance! Though idk if she has SuperBowl energy/stage presence

  20. Jasmine (The Original Princess) October 19, 2018

    Of course this clickbait coming from the HÎV-victim Sam 🤷‍♂️

  21. Keith October 19, 2018

    Good for her!

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