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Rihanna’s pregnant, and 5 other talked about moments from Super Bowl halftime show

It was an exciting night for Rihanna fans as the Super Bowl halftime show marked both her return to the stage and the announcement that she was pregnant with her second child.

The Grammy award-winning artist’s last performance was in 2019 for her annual charity gala. However, for many fans it has been almost a decade since they’ve seen her perform live during her ANTI World Tour in 2016. ANTI was also the last album Rihanna released before taking a break from music to focus on expanding her brand.

While her music career has been on pause over the past few years, Rihanna has remained in the public eye with her other endeavors. In 2017 she entered the beauty industry with the launch of Fenty Beauty. One year later she launched the lingerie brand Savage X Fenty. Since 2019 she has produced a yearly Savage X Fenty Fashion Show on Amazon Prime which she has enlisted many big names over the years including cameos from Sheryl Lee Ralph, Simu Liu and Cara Delevingne in the most recent volume.

Fans wondered what Rihanna’s 13-minute performance would entail, and whether there would be any guests joining her.

But that speculation quickly changed to another question: Is Rihanna is pregnant again?

A representative for the singer confirmed the news less than an hour after the performance, leaving plenty of time for viewers at home to be in suspense. Within minutes of Rhianna’s performance, “pregnant” was trending on Twitter.

Me realizing Rihanna is pregnant again, and we’re never getting another album. pic.twitter.com/3gOiJa8bHE

— J. Slai (@JSLAi) February 13, 2023

Me trying to figure out if Rihanna is pregnant or not
pic.twitter.com/MIvlJVi9cS

— ♡ Aaliyah ♡ (@Abookishdiaries) February 13, 2023

Some fans tried to address the question at hand, but while remaining respectful.

Is she…

— I could’ve just sat on in with massa (@WrittenByHanna) February 13, 2023

Whole world asking one question right now … it’s funny

— Van Lathan Jr (@VanLathan) February 13, 2023

How many seconds into the half time show did someone at your Super Bowl party politely ask if Rihanna is pregnant

— Dave Jorgenson (@davejorgenson) February 13, 2023

 

But that wasn’t the only viral moment from Rihanna’s #FentyBowl performance.

Her dancers got some meme treatment as well, including her dancers entering the field for “All of the Lights,” a Kanye West song that Rihanna is featured on.

Me: Hey, get over here! Our table at Din Tai Fung is ready and they won’t seat us until we’re all here!

My crew:
pic.twitter.com/eDW6HLbN4W

— Americana at Brand Memes (@americanamemes) February 13, 2023

rhianna’s backup dancers #RihannaSuperBowl pic.twitter.com/sFtd5XrIHB

— teresa⁷ (@t_gutierrez19) February 13, 2023

While most of the attention during the halftime show was on Rihanna, those watching at home were also sharing their praise for Rihanna’s ASL interpreter.

The ASL Interpreter for the Super Bowl went in harder than Rihanna!#SuperBowl2023 #SuperBowlHalftimeShow #Rhianna pic.twitter.com/ahAnpEQZvr

— Joe Snow (@JoeSnow209) February 13, 2023

 

Viewers also had some fun, noticing a similarity of Rihanna’s stage to the popular Nintendo video Game “Super Smash Bros.”

yoooo they added rihanna to smash?? pic.twitter.com/cId2w8nFur

— goth jason kelce (@PunkMcCartney1) February 13, 2023

Fans pointed out Rihanna made the most of her TV time as an opportunity to do some product placement for Fenty Beauty.

The Fenty Beauty plug!!! Rihanna said I’m performing my again but I am still a businesswoman #HalftimeShow pic.twitter.com/MgTT4YrreC

— Gibson Johns (@gibsonoma) February 13, 2023

However, when it came down to the performance itself, viewers had mixed reviews and couldn’t help but compare it to previous halftime shows. Rihanna noticeably didn’t have any guest appearances during her set. These cameos have led to many fan favorite moments such as Beyoncé using her 2018 halftime show as a Destiny’s Child reunion.

Because of this, some were left underwhelmed, while others were glad that the performance focused on Rihanna and her music.

Tbh that was underwhelming compared to these pic.twitter.com/lA4XvZhQGj

— Leigh Giangreco (@LeighGiangreco) February 13, 2023

10/10 Rihanna. No guests. No dancing sharks. No stupid little crowd on the field. No need. https://t.co/O1hQKsYMaK

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) February 13, 2023

Lady Gaga and Rihanna are the only female artists this century to perform the #HalftimeShow completely solo. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/MFZbsCKiC1

— LG Stats 〄 (@stats4LG) February 13, 2023

Rihanna with an iconic, singular, and quite literally transcendent performance, and no guests because none were needed.

— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 13, 2023

 

 

 

While the performance didn’t include any guest appearances, it did provide a packed setlist, spotlighting the many hits from Rihanna’s catalog. Here is her entire 12 song set: Bitch Better Have My Money, Where Have You Been, Only Girl (In The World), We Found Love, Rude Boy, Work, Wild Thoughts, Pour It Up, All Of The Lights, Run This Town, Umbrella and Diamonds.

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