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Rihanna is confirmed to headline Super Bowl 57's Halftime show on February 12, 2023, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Barbadian singer replaces pop superstar Taylor Swift who turned down the gig, TMZ reports.

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Rihanna, 34, reportedly negotiated with the NFL to receive the same paycheck that would've gone to Taylor.

Fans took to social media to celebrate Rihanna's choice as Super Bowl headliner.

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"I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It's fantastic," said Dr. Dre in an interview on Apple Music 1.

"She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high," said Dre, who performed during the Halftime Show in February.

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Taylor, 32, is still upset that music manager Scooter Braun bought the masters to her albums in 2019.

She reportedly turned down the Super Bowl Halftime gig as she's busy re-recording those albums. The singer adds "Taylor's Version" to the album titles to avoid conflict.

She released her first 2 re-recorded albums in 2021 and both were ranked among the 10 best-selling albums of the year. She believes her masters were stolen by Scooter.

The 11-time Grammy-winner announced her 10th studio album, Midnights, is set for release on October 21.

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Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson III (right) has been accused of thumbing his nose at the coronavirus outbreak. Florida officials slammed the semi-retired rapper as "stupid" for hosting a maskless pre-Super Bowl party over the weekend.

The "In Da Club" rapper performed in front of a large crowd of maskless attendees inside a hangar at Albert Whitted Airport on Friday night, just two days before the sporting extravaganza was held in nearby Tampa.

St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman expressed his disbelief at the news via Twitter.

"This isn't how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl. It's not safe or smart. It's stupid," he wrote, before vowing to launch an investigation into the party.

"We're going to take a very close look at this, and it may end up costing someone a lot more than 50 cents."

Ironically, 50 was among the stars who urged fans to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing and face coverings at the start of the pandemic last March.

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Other celebrities holding maskless parties in the Tampa area ahead of Super Bowl Sunday include superstar DJs Diplo and Steve Aoki, who made sure to keep their masks on, while rappers Migos were bare faced as they attended a Bounce pop-up party.

Rick Ross and French Montana co-hosted a bash at The Ritz Ybor attended by Flavor Flav and hip-hop stars Tory Lanez who joined hundreds of maskless guests.

According to the CDC, Black and brown people are among the groups disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. They are also the groups least likely to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.
 

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It doesn't take an NFL fan to know the Super Bowl officials had it in for the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady won his 7th Super Bowl ring and fifth Super Bowl MVP trophy.

It wasn't supposed to be that easy for the 43-year-old who was facing media darling Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs 25-year-old quarterback.

The game was marred by a flurry of foul calls that halted any momentum the Chiefs could muster. It was the first time in Mahomes' NFL career that he failed to score a single touchdown in a game.

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Kansas City was flagged 11 times for a combined 120 yards, while the Buccaneers received just four flags for 39 yards.

An interception by Kansas City's Tyrann Mathieu that would have put Mahomes within striking distance of the end zone was called back on a holding penalty with the Chiefs down 7-3 in the second quarter.

When Tampa settled for a field goal after failing to convert a fourth down, they were gifted with a first down after Kansas City's Mecole Hardman lined up offside, resulting in a penalty flag being thrown.

Brady took advantage of the opportunity by hitting Rob Gronkowski for a 17-yard touchdown.

Mahomes' mother, Randi Mahomes, was livid after the game. She put the blame for the Chiefs' stunning loss squarely on the Super Bowl officials.

"If you have the ref on your team is that really winning!!!," she tweeted to Brady's wife, Gisele Bündchen.

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Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones also questioned the officiating.

"I mean, penalties cost the game either way," he said. "Only the referees can call the penalties. So the penalties affect the game 1,000 percent. What can I say? We had a lot of penalties called on us today."

Jones said he was "surprised" at the number of calls that went against his team.

"This is the Super Bowl. Usually you let the guys play, especially in the biggest game of the year. Penalties can change the game," he said.

Brady was not the favorite to win the Super Bowl because he refused to denounce his friend, former President Donald Trump.

Social media users were outraged that Brady refused to wear a mask on the bench or during post-game celebrations.

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Michael B. Jordan turns up the heat in his new Super Bowl ad for the Alexa sphere.

The actor debuted his new Super Bowl ad spot on Twitter.com on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The commercial features an office worker who begins to fantasize about the "beautiful vessel" after she spots Jordan's billboard on the side of a city bus.

The office worker gives Alexa (Jordan) a series of commands while her husband objects to having Alexa (Jordan) doing everything for his wife ("Alexa stop! Things are getting way too wet around here.")

Alexa's Super Bowl spot received rave reviews on Twitter, where many women say they plan to upgrade their Alexa devices.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z sparked a massive backlash on social media for not standing and saluting the flag during the Super Bowl in Miami on Sunday.

Jay-Z, Beyonce and their daughter Blue Ivy, stayed seated while Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem before the start of the Super Bowl.

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick mocked Jay-Z and Beyonce on social media. Apparently, Kaepernick was annoyed by Jay-Z staying seated after he said Black people had moved past kneeling.

Americans were furious that Jay-Z, who is a partner with the league, disrespected the American flag.

Many Twitter users called for Beyonce, 39, and Jay-Z, 50, to leave the country if they are unpatriotic.

Many social media users bought tickets to Bey and Jay's On the Run II tour. They are upset that the former power couple are being so ungrateful.
 

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The Kansas City Chiefs rallied late in the 4th quarter to win Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers in Miami on Sunday. But the biggest story to emerge from the Super Bowl was non-sports related.

President Donald Trump is facing backlash over his 30-second Super Bowl commercial featuring Alice Marie Johnson, the grandmother who served 21 years of a life sentence for cocaine possession.

Johnson, 64, was given a life sentence for a non-violent offense, thanks to former President Bill Clinton's three strikes law.

Johnson is now an advocate and paid speaker touting Trump's criminal justice reform around the country.

In the Super Bowl ad, Johnson enthusiastically thanked Trump for giving her a new lease on life after she was released from prison.

Social media is furious that Trump took the credit for Kim Kardashian's work advocating for Johnson's release.

They argue that West and her team of lawyers did most of the heavy lifting to secure Johnson's freedom, while Trump only lifted his pen to grant clemency after Kardashian pleaded her case in the Oval Office in 2018.

Former Rep. Bakari Sellers was among Trump's vocal critics on Sunday, tweeting, "That ad was offensive AF," he tweeted before adding, "The "I freed a Negro" ad."

But a Trump supporter wrote, "So, what else is new? President Trump gets criticisms and backlash no matter what he does."

Another wrote: " Of course Democrats and Progressives are offended...This President did something when their President (Obama) did nothing."
 

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Rapper Offset was caught on video throwing punches after his wife Cardi B was accidentally sprayed with champagne during a night out at a strip club in Miami.

The incident happened on Thursday night at the Booby Trap strip club to kick off the big Super Bowl weekend.

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According to TMZ, the Migos rapper, 28, and Cardi, 27, were standing on stage around 3 a.m. when someone in the crowd started spraying champagne in the air.

When some of the champagne splashed on Cardi, Offset jumped off stage and into the crowd where he started throwing punches.

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Witnesses say he didn't care who he hit - men, women, transsexuals - it didn't matter to him. Meanwhile, Cardi, who recently had some work done on her face, was unbothered by the melee. She stood onstage and watched as club security broke up the fight.

In an unrelated incident, Offset was detained by police at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles when someone reported a man with a gun in the parking deck.

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, was one of two men detained by police because they fit the general description of a Black man with a gun. TMZ reports the rapper was not a arrested.

Emmett Murphy

Emmett Murphy, also known as "Jackpot" to his friends and associates, is in the Fulton County jail charged with human sex trafficking. Police say he lured a teenager to Atlanta under false pretenses, then ordered her to dance naked and turn tricks during Super Bowl LIII.

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Stripper Bowl

It was a night that 25 Atlanta strippers will never forget! The 1st annual Stripper Bowl took place Monday night at the Gold Room in Atlanta. Pierre "Pee" Thomas, CEO of Quality Control Records, and other ballers blessed a room full of strippers with $3 million in cash - which they split 25 ways. Each dancer left the club weighted down with $125,000 in ones!

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Duron Harmon

Duron Harmon, the New England Patriots' hero safety, says he will refuse a White House invitation to celebrate winning Super Bowl LIII with his teammates.

Harmon's defensive plays late in the 4th quarter were key to sealing the Patriots' victory over the hapless Los Angeles Rams by a final score of 13-3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday.

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