ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Rihanna’s Super Bowl halftime show: ‘She ain’t Beyonce?’

 

Despite Beyonce? performing at two Super Bowls in the last 10 years, Stephen A. Smith wants her back.

Beyonce? performed twice in a three-year span, headlining Super Bowl XLVII’s halftime show and appearing as a special guest when Coldplay headlined Super Bowl 50.

Beyonce? and Rihanna attend Rihanna’s 3rd Annual Diamond Ball Benefitting The Clara Lionel Foundation at Cipriani Wall Street Sept. 14, 2017, in New York City.
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Clara Lionel Foundation)

Rihanna will perform at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 12, but ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith doesn’t think she will do what Beyonce? has done.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“I don’t wanna say I’m not excited. She’s fantastic,” Smith told Sherri Shepherd Wednesday. “That’s not where I’m going with this. Ladies and gentlemen, she’s a lot of things. She’s spectacular, actually. And congratulations on new momma-hood. There’s one thing she’s not: She ain’t Beyonc?.”

Beyonc? accepts the award for best R and B performance for “Black Parade” at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 14, 2021.
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS GO WOKE, BUT RON DESANTIS PUSHED BACK IN A MAJOR WAY

Shepherd pushed back, saying Beyonce? has “had her time” on the main stage, but Smith added there are “levels” in the entertainment business.

“Rihanna’s music is fantastic. She’s great. She’s a sister. I love her dearly. I listen to her music. I’m gonna support her until the cows come home,” Smith added. “I’m just telling you. For me, there’s Beyonc? and there’s everybody else. Just like there was Michael Jackson and there’s everybody else.

“She’s gonna be good. She can’t be bad,” Smith continued. “She’s too great not to be good. I’m just saying Beyonce? spoiled me.”

New mother Rihanna will be the 2023 Super Bowl halftime performer.
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Fenty Beauty by Rihanna)

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Rihanna has not been on tour since 2016, the same year of her last album “Anti.” She became a mother last May, having a child with rapper ASAP Rocky.