Jay-Z Turned Down Super Bowl Halftime Show After He Was Asked to Bring Rihanna and Kanye West

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Kanye West (L) and JAY-Z onstage at the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

Ahead of this year’s Super Bowl LIV, Jay-Z is recalling the time he famously turned down a halftime show performance at the major sporting event.

The music mogul, 50, said that the NFL had approached him about making sure he would bring Rihanna and Kanye West to perform their collaboration, “Run This Town.”
“Of course I would have,” JAY-Z he said. “But I said, ‘No, you get me.’ That is not how you go about it, telling someone that they’re going to do the halftime show contingent on who they bring. I said forget it. It was a principle thing.”

The rapper previously spoke about his decision to turn down the show, adding that he didn’t like the selection process.

“I didn’t like the process. I think the process of selection was fractured,” he told reporters last year, according to New York Daily News. “Take four of us [performers] and everybody thinks they’re playing the Super Bowl. It’s almost like this interview process. So if I could pick one, three other people are upset. That’s not even good math. After three years, nine people are upset and three people are going to play. I just think the process could’ve been more definite.”

Jay-Z and Rihanna

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