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Rihanna’s Return to the Stage Was Worth the Wait

Rihanna’s Return to the Stage Was Worth the Wait

Her highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show was nothing but the hits.

Rihanna has returned.

In what could easily considered one of the most anticipated Super Bowl Halftime shows in recent memory, Rihanna delivered a moving spectacular of her greatest hits for Super Bowl LVII Sunday evening. The global star performed fan favorites such as “Umbrella”, “Rude Boy”, “Diamonds” and more for the 13-minute long halftime show. The performance was Rihanna’s first performance in over 7 years since the release of her last full length studio album, Anti and since becoming a mother to her firstborn son last year. She opted not to bring out any guests for the mega-televised performance even while former collaborators such as Jay Z attended the big game. There was one special guest in attendance however — her second baby! A rep for the singer confirmed to People and The Hollywood Reporter that she is indeed pregnant and graced the Super Bowl stage while expecting.

Rihanna stepped out on the (floating!) stage in a monochrome red jumpsuit by Loewe paired with two different matching Alaïa coats and chunky sneakers by Maison Margiela x Salomon Cross. For her glam, she coordinated with Fenty Beauty’s Velvet Liquid Lipstick in “The MVP” and kept her hair in a high ponytail split into two braids with front tendrils framing her face. She even gave her successful beauty brand a shoutout during her performance, pausing to blot her face with Fenty Beauty’s Invisimatte Instant Setting and Blotting Powder mid-song with assistance from her dancers.

The superstar worked alongside her longtime choreographer Parris Goebel for the halftime performance who has also choreographed her last four Savage x Fenty fashion productions as well.

“She really gives me the freedom to create and express myself as a woman. Usually I go crazy presenting to her ideas and different concepts, and she reacts, and then we keep working through it. It’s effortless, really. She trusts me and we just have fun with it,” Goebel previously told of working with the pop star.

Rihanna previously shared during a pre-Super Bowl press conference how she planned on putting her absolute all into the comeback performance and recognizing how high the stakes were considering her lengthy pause from music and performing.

“It [felt] like [this moment] could have only been now,” Rihanna told Apple Music earlier this week. “But when you become a mom, there’s something that just happens where you feel like you could take on the world, you could do anything. And the Super Bowl is one of the biggest stages in the world. So as scary as that was because I haven’t been on stage in seven years, there’s something exhilarating about the challenge of it all. And it’s important for me to do this this year. It’s important for representation, it’s important for my son to see that.”