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Lindsay Zoladz

At a news conference on Thursday, Rihanna said representation was a motivating factor for performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.Credit…Mike Coppola/Getty Images

In 2018, Jay-Z, the founder of Rihanna’s management company and label, Roc Nation, released a song with his wife, Beyoncé, containing the lyric, “I said no to the Super Bowl/You need me, I don’t need you.” One year later, when the N.F.L. was still embroiled in controversy for its response to the quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism, Rihanna said quite pointedly in an interview with Vogue that she, too, had turned down an offer to perform at the halftime show.

“I couldn’t dare do that,” she said. “I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an…

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