Rihanna continues to be a major force in the music industry, known for her powerful vocals and captivating performances. Her singing career has resulted in her gaining millions of fans and amassing a significant fortune. In addition to her success as a singer, Rihanna is also recognized for her savvy business acumen and entrepreneurial ventures. Stephen A. Smith also seemingly knocked Rihanna and has now decided to issue an apology to the singer.
Rihanna is set to perform at the 2023 Super Bowl at State Farm Stadium on February 12. Last week, Rihanna shared the teaser for the Half-Time show on her Instagram page and got a ton of reactions from fans.
Recently, Stephen A. Smith came under fire after he was seen downplaying the singer’s forthcoming Super Bowl halftime performance in favor of Beyoncé. Due to the backlash, he decided to set the record straight.
Stephen A. Smith took to his Instagram page and uploaded a video, where he addressed the backlash over his comments on The Sherri Show. He then proceeded to apologize to Rihanna.
“I just got out of First Take and I saw some headline that’s circulating all over the place about my quote that Rihanna ain’t Beyoncé,” Smith began. “See, I’m gonna own it. I know what y’all tryna do but I’m gon’ own it because I get paid to speak for a living so I need to be more careful.
“I want Rihanna to know — you’re a superstar,” he continued. “You’re sensational. You’re spectacular. You’re no joke. And you are a worthy person to be doing the Super Bowl halftime show. Having said all of that, I was answering a question from Sherri Shepherd who took over the Wendy Williams Show and now got her own thing going and I’m very proud of her. And she asked me with a bunch of sisters in the audience what she asked me.”
“Now I’m a Beyoncé fan. I think that Beyoncé is not only a phenomenal performer, THE phenomenal performer. And the only reason any kind of comparison came into play is because Beyoncé performed at halftime at the Super Bowl not just by herself but one separate Super Bowl performance with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. And I thought those were two of the greatest shows that I’ve ever seen.”
“So what I’m saying is anybody has to measure up to that. Last year with Snoop and Dre and Mary J. and Eminem, I was like, ‘Bruno Mars, Beyoncé, Coldplay. Big time! They got to measure up to that.’ Anybody who does a Super Bowl halftime show, forever I’m gonna say, ‘Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Coldplay. And then Beyoncé by themselves.’ Michael Jackson could still be alive and I would say it’s gotta measure up to that.”
“Eminem, who’s one of my favorites, I would say that about him! Coldplay, when they talked about Coldplay initially for the Super Bowl, I was like, ‘Not enough! That can’t measure up to Beyoncé and Bruno Mars!’ Or Bruno Mars by himself. Or Beyoncé by herself. I’ve always said that. I meant it as no disrespect to Rihanna. I know she’s phenomenal. And she’s my sister. Nothing but love for her. But Beyoncé is my sister too! I got love for both of them.”
“I just think that Beyoncé is the greatest performer out there today. That’s me! That doesn’t mean I’m hating on anybody else. That doesn’t mean I’m damn sure wishing for Rihanna to fail. I don’t believe she’s gonna fail. She’s gonna be great! I’m just saying that I’m a Beyoncé fan. That’s all. That’s it.
Rihanna, go do your thing. I apologize for creating whatever brouhaha comes of this. I gotta be more careful where people twist it and turn it into something it ain’t. My bad on that. Now I gotta go. Good luck sweetie. Looking forward to seeing you perform at halftime during the Super Bowl. You know you gotta turn it out. And I believe you will! All the best to you.”
Rihanna will definitely deliver a spectacular performance at the Super Bowl. The 2023 Super Bowl will air on Fox Sports starting at 6:30 PM ET with the Apple Music Half-Time Show beginning at 8 PM ET. Stay tuned to Thirsty For News as we bring you similar stories.
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