Rihanna is on a suspended platform, seemingly without harnesses or any kind of security. With the crowd already screaming its lungs out out of excitement, we hear B*tch Better Have My Money’s “Yo, Yo” – what a start. As soon as the music track begins, the camera pans out to expose Rihanna’s big reveal: she is pregnant with her second child.
The pregnancy did not stop Rihanna from doing anything though, as she delivered a high-performance 13 minute show, where she wore a custom Loewe red catsuit with a leather corset, accompanied by a flightwear inspired coverall and Salomon x MM6 sneakers. Matching with the red-coloured stage but contrasting her 80 dancers who were all dressed in white, Rihanna served us some of her best hits such as Where Have You Been, Rude Boy and Only Girl In The World.
We also saw the singer powder up just before her performance of All Of The Lights, in a shameless self-promo move with her Fenty Beauty powder, of course. That performance and Run This Town left fans wondering if there would be a Jay-Z or Ye surprise appearance, as theories on which featuring artist could make a special stage takeover have been brewing since the announcement of the show, but Rihanna gave us a one-woman show. Unless you count the unborn baby, which would also make it the youngest superbowl performer ever.
We then saw Rihanna slow it down with a triumphant performance of Umbrella, which saw the singer don a custom Alaïa red leather puffer coat and gloves designed by Pieter Mulier. Floating high again on a platform, the show ended with the powerful Diamonds, giving us a taste of all the hits we know and love Rih for.
While that whole performance was going on, the accompanying crowd was not a let down either. Of those present, Adele was spotted feasting her eyes and proud second-time baby daddy A$AP Rocky was also there, in full support of his girlfriend.
Did Rihanna slay her performance? Yes. Did we expect any less? No. But did we expect everything she served us with, including baby bump number two? Definitely not, but we’re all the more happy for it.
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