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Stephen A. Smith on Rihanna’s forthcoming Superbowl performance: “She Ain't Beyoncé”

Stephen A. Smith has shared some remarks about Rihanna’s upcoming halftime show performance at Super Bowl LVII.

Stephen A. Smith Talks Halftime Show: “There's one thing she's not she ain't Beyoncé”

Stephen A. Smith is giving his take on Rihanna performing at the 2023 Superbowl Halftime show.

ESPN’s First Take co-host made an appearance on “The Sherri Show” that aired on Wednesday, Jan. 18, on FOX.

When asked by Sherri Shepherd if he was excited for Rihanna’s Super Bowl Halftime show he chose his words wisely. The book Arthur and First Take’s very own started by saying “I don’t want to say I’m not excited.”

“Rihanna’s music is fantastic,” he told Sherri. “She’s great. She’s a sister. I love her dearly, I listen to her music, I’m gonna support her ’til the cows come home.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things,” Smith continued as he referenced Rihanna. “She’s spectacular, actually. And congratulations on new mamahood.” The audience was co-signing the compliments before Smith shook things up.

“There’s one thing she’s not: she ain’t Beyoncé,” the commentator added to an audibly shocked crowd. Sherri Shepherd jumped in to praise Rihanna’s talents.

Stephen A. Smith added. “The only reason I brought up Beyoncé is because Beyoncé recently performed at the Super Bowl,” he replied. “And without Bruno Mars and Coldplay.”

See more from Smith below. Deeper into the video, he points out the impossibility of Rihanna being “bad” in her performance due to her being “too great not to be good.”


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