By Zoe Sottile and Matt Foster, CNN
The announcement comes after both Rihanna and the NFL tweeted a picture of the musician's hand holding a football Sunday afternoon, sparking speculation that she would be the halftime performer.
In the NFL's statement, Jay-Z, whose entertainment agency Roc Nation is one of several executive producers on the halftime show, called Rihanna a "generational talent."
"Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn," Jay-Z said in the statement. "A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment."
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