Call her the comeback kid.
After virtually abandoning her music career for six years, Rihanna made her highly anticipated return to the stage Sunday in the grandest way possible.
The multi-hyphenate headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl LVII as the Kansas City Chiefs faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Rihanna, 34, kicked off her set with “Bitch Better Have My Money” while dressed in a red jumpsuit with a glossy bandeau as she levitated in the air on a glass platform. She sparked pregnancy rumors onstage with what appeared to be baby bump.
She has not released an album since 2016’s “Anti” and wrapped up her most recent tour in November of that year.
During her extended hiatus, Rihanna only dropped one solo single, “Lift Me Up” from the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, last October.
Jay-Z, 53, therefore had the honor of announcing last September that his onetime protégée had signed on for the 2023 halftime show.
“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment,” the “Empire State of Mind” rapper said in a statement.
Rihanna, who is rumored to be going back on tour later this year, joins an exclusive list of Super Bowl performers, including Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Prince and Madonna.
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