With pop superstar Rihanna performing at halftime of this year’s Super Bowl, the anticipation of the show is making the internet worry about what to expect, especially after the teaser that broke the internet was released. The excitement is also growing because this will be the first performance of the Multi-Grammy winner in five years. As if the Umbrella singer’s musical comeback wasn’t exciting enough, the list of Super Bowl performers got even better thanks to the inclusion of Abbott Elementary star Cheryl Lee Ralph.
Emmy Award winner and proud recipient of the Honorary Order of Jamaica Cheryl Lee Ralph jumped on Twitter to announce her performance at the annual football performance. Since she has many talents, Ralph will sing the Black national anthem “Raise Every Voice and Sing” before the big game. Read the Abbott Elementary star’s tweet to understand why this moment was a dream come true for her.
Someone wake me up from this dream! I’ll be singing Lift Every Voice and Sing at Super Bowl LVII – See you there. @nfl @nflonfox @rocnation 📺: #SBLVII 2.12.23 on FOX pic.twitter.com/mo31Zz8HdC
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) January 24, 2023
It turned out that the NFL wanted to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Caribbean Sea: Ralph sang in the show before the game, and Rihanna decided to strengthen the game during the halftime. The two women already share a bond that goes beyond their Caribbean origins, as actress Barbara Howard modeled a star-studded display of Savage X Fenty nominee for Best Original song last year. Not only will it be interesting to see Ralph perform, the Emmy winner will also be able to show the audience that she is more than just the actress we see at Abbott Elementary.
If the current season of the Cheryl Lee Ralph Awards (that is, her Critics’ Choice Award and Emmy Speeches) is some kind of sign of what’s coming next, the audience is waiting for a great performance. The Tony Award nominee’s singing and dancing career dates back to her early days on Broadway, including her outstanding performance as the original Dina Jones in the original production of Dreamgirls. Viewers have seen Ralph’s inner dancer appear several times during her appearances on television and in movies, especially in the classic CBS sitcom “Women’s Design.” However, her Dreamgirls moment with fellow Emmy winner Jennifer Hudson has already given viewers a preview of what we’ll get during the big game.
Cheryl Lee Ralph will be joined at the celebration before the Super Bowl by other famous performers. Country music star Chris Stapleton will sing “The National Anthem” in addition to Ralph’s rendition of the Black national anthem. Grammy-winning super producer Babyface is also going to perform “America the Beautiful” during the pre-broadcast.
The show before the game is as intense as the performance during the halftime. At the moment, it is unknown how many of her hits Rihanna will perform during the 13-minute show. As with previous Super Bowl halftime performances, fans won’t know anything about the setlist until the big day. Watch some of the most iconic pop superstar performances before the big game begins.
Super Bowl LVII will begin on February 12 at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox. Meanwhile, Abbott Elementary is currently taking a two-week break, with a new episode scheduled to premiere on February 8 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, just four days before the big game, however, you can watch all past episodes of the Emmy-winning comedy with a Hulu subscription. While we are waiting for these exciting air dates, be sure to check out our TV program for 2023 to find out when other returning and upcoming series and events will premiere this winter.