On Sunday, February 12, Rihanna shall be taking the stage for her first live public performance in years for the Super Bowl Halftime show. One other former Super Bowl Halftime performer has declared the Fenty Beauty founder a “higher power” in terms of singing, and he wants everyone to organize themselves.
Coldplay’s Chris Martin performed at the massive game in 2015, and in a recent interview with Zane Lowe, he called Rihanna “the perfect singer of all time.”
“You’ve to be an idiot not to acknowledge that she’s the perfect singer of all time,” he insisted. “I don’t know Rihanna thoroughly. I’m mainly only a fan, and we have now performed along with her just a few times and it’s rarer and rarer for her to simply sing, which is what makes it much more special, and in an odd way, it shows that she really, really desires to do it.”
Though he says he doesn’t know her, Coldplay worked with Rihanna on her track “Love On The Brain” and in 2011 for his or her album Mylo Xyloto on the song “Princess of China.” They’ve since performed live together just a few times, and Martin is clearly enamored by her on stage.
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When asked what he expected from the Halftime show, Martin essentially said he’ll just be completely satisfied to be there.
“So it’s hard for me, I’m very biased because I’m such an enormous Rihanna fan,” he told Lowe. “I mean, I feel she could just walk out in sweatpants and sing, and that may be just great.”
When Chris Martin played the Super Bowl, he had quite an iconic performance himself though much credit for that goes to Beyoncé, who opened the show together with Bruno Mars.
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Rihanna could also be planning some surprise guests for her performance as well, even when the show is technically one 12 minutes long.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The Lonely Hunter, shall be released by Dial Press in February 2022.