Superstar singer Rihanna turned down an invitation to perform
at the 2019 Super Bowl in solidarity with protesting NFL
players, according to multiple reports.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s
performer in Atlanta,” a source told US Weekly, which first
reported the news. “They offered it to her, but she said no
because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the
Rihanna, who reportedly has an album and tour in the works,
declined on principle despite the potential exposure, according
to another source.
“The offer and exposure would have been great for Rihanna as
she’s planning a new album and tour but she stuck to what’s
right in her eyes,” a person close to the singer reportedly
told Entertainment Weekly.
Rolling Stone said it had independently confirmed the news on
Fellow singer Pink, who performed the national anthem before
Super Bowl LII in February, was also reportedly considered, but
never reached an agreement.
Maroon 5, fronted by Adam Levine, was reportedly offered the
job and accepted, though no formal announcement has been made.
Super Bowl LIII will take place in Atlanta on Feb. 3. – Field