‘Rolling Stone’ Ranks Rihanna As Third Greatest Female Halftime Show Headliner of ALL TIME, Topping Madonna & Lady Gaga

Published: Monday 13th Feb 2023 by Rashad

Rihanna‘s long-awaited musical comeback at the 2023 Super Bowl on Sunday (February 12) may have been a critical polarizer for a number of viewers, but the good folks at ‘Rolling Stone‘ were clearly fans of the epic showing.

So much so, they have already updated their ‘greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows’ list to include the Pop diva in the top 10!

Details inside.

Armed with a brigade of dancers and high octane choreography, a pregnant Rihanna stomped all up and through Glendale’s State Farm Stadium to a megamix of her greatest hits including ‘Work,’ ‘Where Have You Been,’ ‘Diamonds,’ ‘We Found Love,’ and more.

Scoring a critical touchdown with her dedicated fans (affectionately called the #Navy), Rih also had a slew of celebrities like Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, and others singing her praises.

The latest to make headlines for cheering on the GRAMMY-winning diva is ‘Rolling Stone,’ which ranked her 13-minute set as the third greatest female-led halftime show in history.  Per their list, only Beyonce‘s 2013 showing and Shakira/Jennifer Lopez‘s 2020 shared stage time were greater.

Speaking on Rih, the mag said:

“Guest stars? Costume changes? Fancy choreography? Nah. RiRi rocked all the way solo, untouchably cool on her flying stage, because all she needed was her own superhuman DGAF charisma. She sneered though one banger after another, visibly pregnant but letting it all hang out, with a squad of white-hooded dancers,” they said before wrapping up the review with, “She also paused to fix her makeup, in a mini-ad for her own Fenty Beauty line. Talk about a boss move.”

Among the names below the 34-year-old on the mag’s ‘best-ever’ list are King and Queen of Pop Michael Jackson and Madonna – who are credited with changing the Super Bowl halftime show game with their respective history-making performances – as well as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

‘RS’ Picks for Greatest Halftime Shows

1 – Prince

2 – U2

3 – Beyonce

4 – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Kendrick Lamar

5 – Aerosmith, Britney Spears, ‘NSync, Nelly & Mary J. Blige

6 – Shakira & Jennifer Lopez

7 – Bruce Springsteen

8 – Rihanna

9 – Madonna

10 – Lady Gaga

11 – Rolling Stones

12 – Katy Perry

13 – Paul McCartney

14 – Michael Jackson

15 – Tom Petty

Click here to see the full list.

[main photo sources: Getty Images/AP Photos]

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  1. yup! February 13, 2023

    Which is why nobody takes what they say as credible. We all have eyes, we could see it was one of the most boring sets in the history of the show. But we knew it would be. Got her out the way, who is next?

  2. Drink my b**** juice February 13, 2023

    As a big Rihanna Stan i was severely underwhelmed by this showing. It was over and i thought to myself “thats it?”

  3. stan February 13, 2023

    LMAO. i like rihanna’s discography but a strong stage performer she is not. this halftime show is meh at best.

  4. UHoesFunny February 13, 2023

    It was soooo good 🔥🔥🔥🔥

    • Lazett February 17, 2023


  5. ♠️What Would 50 do February 13, 2023

    Stupid hatefilled bitchess she is pregnant on stage shocker

  6. Diabetes UNBOTHERED February 13, 2023

    Another LAME RəTARDED List. SMH

  7. Clarks0o00ñ February 13, 2023


    Rihanna half time show was okay. Just there. Nothing special.

    Beyonce’s halftime show hadnt aged well. From the ugly outfits to the scary facial expressions she was doing.

    Jlo and shakira halftime show is the best half time show.

    Katy Perry is a close second

    Madonna is 3rd

    • Kevon February 13, 2023

      Jlo and shakira is the dam best hands down ..but we all know they gonna down play jlo just because it’s jlo

      • Oh na na payola February 15, 2023


  8. DieselDb February 13, 2023

    I was seriously excited to watch but this was a boring lip synched mess of a show. Truly belongs on worst list!

  9. HELLOKITTY February 13, 2023

    Bull. I really hate this new world we live in where we hype mediocrity. Her “performance” was anything but. She’s a loser and should have never agreed to do an event as well watched as the SUPERBOWL.

    Someone needs to call Spike Lee and tell these LIARS to “WAKE UP!” (From the movie ‘Do the Right Thing’).

    Stupid beyotch.

  10. Jeremy Retter February 13, 2023

    A lot of y’all fat bald headed chick heads can barely walk through walmart pregnant and u wanna judge her? So delusional.

    U mad at Rihanna while yo man on G***** looking for men to suck his d***

  11. Mike February 13, 2023

    Ridiculous. thats a paid one for sure. Rhiannas performance was mediocre at best. I think everyone’s just as afraid to speak the truth.

    Plain common sense. I have nothing against Rihanna but Jesus Lord come on guys give me a break.

    you can’t compare that to any of the others including Gaga , Madonna, etc.

  12. eric February 13, 2023

    If they had any credibility left before this, it’s completely gone now.

  13. Travyj37 February 14, 2023

    This whole list is BS Rihanna’s performance shouldn’t even be it the Top 10.

  14. Dena February 15, 2023


  15. Oh na na payola February 15, 2023

    Lol they wanna be the pinnacle of music reports so badly. Got rolling stones charts but will never dethrone billboard so they trying to suck up to Rihanna with that smash face lazy boring hard dancing ugly outfit no new musical changes show.

    Stop going on with she dgaf she like to play she doesn’t but she is very aware and calculating, she does a great deal thats why she won’t bring out her album thats why her fenty shows look like a circus freak show pandering to every minority, she gives a great big F$$$!

  16. Lazett February 17, 2023

    Each to its own liking. RiRi 17 yrs of music, videos, concerts, and now at 34 a mother and now a mother of two with a loving black man by her side and coming to the SUPERBOWL stage after 4 years M.I.A… with the energy that she brought was simply Amazing! Over the many years that I have seen half time performances…she IS in the books along with the many GREATS before her. I’ve been watching the SUPERBOWL since 78′ most of you who are bashing…wasn’t even born. Let alone…have you seen enough SB’s
    where you can make a comparison? Stop bashing…give her her props and lets wait to see who will perform next.

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