Rihanna Says There Are 39 Versions Of Her Halftime Show Setlist

By Rebekah Gonzalez

February 9, 2023

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Rihanna hit a pause on prepping her highly anticipated Super Bowl Halftime Show to give an update at a Super Bowl LVII press conference on Thursday, February 9th. The global superstar revealed that she's been so wrapped up in preparing her show that she actually almost forgot about her own birthday. "I've been so focused on the Super Bowl I totally forgot that my birthday is coming up. I forgot about Valentine's Day... It's a lot of preparation. A lot of moving parts."

While Rihanna was careful not to give any spoilers for Sunday night's performance, she did discuss her setlist and how difficult it's been to choose songs from her vast and beloved discography. She went on to reveal that she currently has about 39 different versions of her setlist right now. "Every little change counts," she said.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 09: Nadeska Alexis and Rihanna speak during the Super Bowl LVII Pregame & Apple Music Halftime Show press conference at Phoenix Convention Center on February 09, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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"That was the hardest part. Deciding how to maximize 13 minutes but also celebrate. That's what the show is going to be. It's going to be a celebration of my catalog in the best way that we could have put it together." It wasn't easy for the singer to "cram 17 years of work into 13 minutes" and she admitted she had to cut some songs she originally wanted to do. Ultimately, Rihanna believes "we did a pretty good job of narrowing it down."

It's only been nearly a year since Rihanna welcomed her first child with rapper A$AP Rocky and she was aware of the physical challenges taking on the Halftime Show would bring. "It's a jam-packed show and it takes a toll on your body." Despite the stress, Rihanna is ready to have fun on the Halftime stage and doesn't take the duty lightly. "That's a big part of why it's important for me to do this show. Representing for immigrants, representing for my country, Barbados. Representing for Black women everywhere. I think that's really important. I'm honored to be doing this."

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