The NFL made the perfect pick choosing Rihanna to perform at the Super Bowl

All weekend long, there was speculation the NFL was going to ask Taylor Swift to headline February’s Super Bowl Halftime show. On Sunday, many of us were shocked on social media when superstar Rihanna posted a photo of her hand clutching an NFL football. The NFL quickly confirmed the news. Rihanna, not Taylor, is this year’s halftime headliner.

I’m super excited Rihanna is taking the stage. The Barbados native has 14 number one hits – only The Beatles, Elvis and Mariah Carey have more. Plus, she’s not as polarizing as Taylor Swift. Few people hate Rihanna. There’s no reason to. She’s amazing!

Rihanna burst onto the scene in 2005 with the dance song “Pon de Replay.” Her first number one song was later that year with “SOS.” Rihanna became a household name in 2008 with the smash hit “Umbrella,” featuring Jay-Z. OH MY GOD! I just realized Jay-Z needs to be part of this halftime show!

Several other hits followed, including as “Rude Boy,” “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia,” and “Diamonds.” Rihanna has sold more than 200-million albums worldwide and is considered a self-made billionaire. She is the PERFECT choice to perform at the Super Bowl.

Some of my Twitter followers disagreed, hoping there would be a rock performer like The Foo Fighters. Or, maybe a country music star. Last year, we were treated to a hip hop concert that featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige. That seemed to upset a lot of people over the age of 50.

Rihanna won’t be as polarizing. She is loved worldwide. Plus, the Halftime show isn’t for dudes. It isn’t for the guys watching the game. The NFL picks performers that women want to see. Need proof? Over the past ten years, we’ve seen Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and Maroon 5. All of those acts are for female fans – and that’s a good thing! Plus, guys were just going to drink and go to the restroom at halftime anyway.

Rihanna is the perfect pick. I can’t wait to see which songs she chooses – there are so many to pick from!

What do you think? Do you support the NFL picking Rihanna to headline the Super Bowl Halftime show? Let Michael know on Twitter @MikeESPNSA. You can listen to Michael Jimenez on “Halftime” weekdays from Noon to 2 p.m.

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