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12x Grammy Winner Becomes NFL Fan Favorite To Take The Stage At The Next Super Bowl Halftime Show

Published 03/15/2023, 11:32 AM EDT

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The NFL season has come and gone. However, merely weeks after this year’s Super Bowl, fans are already discussing next year’s halftime show. While it may seem hilarious to some, for certain fans it’s never too early to discuss the biggest game of the season and all the festivities that come along with it.

This year’s Super Bowl halftime show was ushered in with expectations that were set sky-high. International best-selling artist Rihanna was all set to make a grand return to the music world. Despite the criticism that followed, her stellar performance made for an exciting show. Alongside that, RiRi benefitted from her performance in more ways than one. So now, who is the music sensation that fans are rooting for to take centerstage next year?

Will this international pop sensation take the stage at next year’s Super Bowl?

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12x Grammy Award-winning singer Taylor Swift is one the biggest stars in the industry. With a horde of loyal fans at her back, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that T-Swift is the frontrunner in the race for the Super Bowl halftime show next year (according to one poll at least).

Music and entertainment magazine ‘Billboard’ posted a poll asking fans about which artist they would prefer to headline next season’s halftime show. If you haven’t guessed already, the fan favorite was Taylor Swift. The other big names on the poll included Ariana Grande, BTS, and Drake, among others.

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Another interesting rumor was thrown into the mix after TMZ reported that Taylor Swift was offered an opportunity to be featured in this year’s show. However, she reportedly turned it down. This year, Rihanna was the only performer during her show, choosing not to include any guest features. But, how did that play out for the singer?

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The big game effect is real

Despite the hype surrounding RiRi’s comeback to the industry with her highly anticipated performance, fans were seemingly underwhelmed by the show. Apart from that, the singer was also the recipient of backlash because of her explicit lyrics and gestures.

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However, she profited from her performance despite not receiving a paycheck from the league. Soon after the show, the sales of RiRi’s merchandise and music skyrocketed. With millions tuned in for the game, the Super Bowl effect ensured that RiRi walked away with a lot more than just visibility. Do you think that Taylor Swift could follow suit? Which artist would you prefer to watch during the show next year? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Anika Gomez

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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.
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