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Rihanna to headline Super Bowl half-time show

Pop superstar Rihanna will headline the half-time show at February’s Super Bowl in Arizona, the NFL has announced.

The nine-time Grammy winner broke the news by posting a photo of an NFL branded football to Twitter.

Organisers called the 34-year-old a “generational talent” in a press release issued on Sunday night.

The show is one of the most coveted slots in music, with this year’s 14-minute spectacle drawing in more than 120 million viewers, the NFL said.

The all-star line up included Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J Blige and Kendrick Lamar. The show earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live).

“Rihanna is a once in a generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career,” the NFL’s head of Music Seth Dudowsky said.

And Jay-Z, whose Roc Nation entertainment company will help organise the performance, called the star a “woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn”.

“A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment,” he added.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye