With a song, what better way to celebrate winning consecutive Emmy and Golden Globe Awards? Sheryl Lee Ralph, who plays Abbott Elementary, appears to be taking a victory lap at Super Bowl LVII next month, where she will perform “Lift Every Voice And Sing” prior to the start of the big game. This is after adding some significant awards to her collection during the awards season.
“Come on now. Don’t you ever give up on you baby!” Lee shares via her social media. “I’ll be singing Lift Every Voice and Sing at Super Bowl LVII – See you there.”
She is now included in Rihanna’s lineup for the Super Bowl, which has already been highly anticipated by Ralph. The elusive pop artist teased fans in September with a photo of her with a football in her elaborately tattooed hand; just a few hours later, Variety confirmed that she would perform at this year’s halftime show. Chris Stapleton will sing the national anthem, and twelve-time Grammy winner Babyface will sing “America the Beautiful.” RiRi will also perform.
Ralph knew how important it was to perform with Rihanna. She also tweeted her excitement about being with the pop star, writing: Thank you, RiRi, for the honor!
Ralph is only the second most excited Rihanna fan who is looking forward to her performance on February 12—the first place goes to her partner and co-parent, A$AP Rocky—despite her signature beaming humility. Rocky stated in an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Music 1 on January 18 that he is “more excited than everybody else” for Rihanna’s return.
“The Super Bowl is huge, and her being the creative she is, she going to bring it, man,” he teased. “I’m so glad that my lady’s back making music again and whatnot, and getting back out there. It’s just incredible.”
On February 12, 2023, the Super Bowl will be broadcast live on FOX at 6:30 p.m. E.T.