Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, has turned down a coveted offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.
The multiple Grammy-winning artist was the organization’s first choice for Super Bowl LIII to take place on Feb. 3, 2019.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” an insider revealed to
US Weekly. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.”
Rihanna has sold 124 million digital singles in the U.S., which is 10 million more than any other artist,
according to Forbes. The 30-year-old is also an entrepreneur with a cosmetics line that made $100 million in sales in its first 40 days on the market.
In 2016, Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality, since then he has been shunned by the organization.
He is currently pursuing a grievance against the NFL. Kaepernick claims that ever since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in early 2017, team owners and executives have colluded to keep him out of the league. Harvard University, last week, awarded him with the W.E.B Du Bois Medal, one of its highest honors.
In lieu of Rihanna, Maroon 5 will perform during the halftime show.
Many took to Twitter to commend Rihanna on her decision.
Rihanna refuses to perform at the Super Bowl in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
This is what solidarity looks like.
I love Rihanna for standing up for Colin Kaepernick. This is also what Justin Timberlake should have done for Janet Jackson. If you have influence and leverage, use it for good in the world. https://t.co/gArXqGUVHK
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 18, 2018
I love Rihanna for standing up for Colin Kaepernick. This is also what Justin Timberlake should have done for Janet Jackson. If you have influence and leverage, use it for good in the world.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin)
October 18, 2018
Twitter Reacts to The News Rihanna Declined Headlining Super Bowl Halftime Show Because She Supports Kaepernick & Knows The NFL is Blackballing Him
— Robert Littal (@BSO)
October 18, 2018