It was long rumored that Rihanna declined an invite from the NFL to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show in order to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, and the Barbadian artist confirmed that that was indeed the case in an interview with Vogue this week.
The halftime show ended up being a performance by Maroon 5 with Travis Scott and Big Boi from Outkast, and except for maybe Travis Scott -- with all due respect to the other artists -- a Rihanna performance likely would've perked more ears up and gotten people to tune in. But she doesn't need that.
Rihanna told the following to Vogue, when asked her reasoning for turning down the high-profile gig:
"For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler. There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”
Rihanna took a stand by turning down the opportunity to do business with the NFL, and however you feel about the situation, the same cannot be said for Jay-Z.
Although a live televised performance at the Super Bowl halftime show is out of the cards, Rihanna fans can look forward to not one, but two albums from her in the future.