Rihanna has been keeping fans eagerly awaiting the arrival of her eighth studio album, Anti, but it appears that Rihanna may have just dropped a major hint about when fans can be expecting some new music from her highly-anticipated album during a new promo for the Grammy Awards.
On Saturday, Rap-Up reports, Rihanna surprised fans when she appeared alongside sportscaster Jim Nantz and late night television host Stephen Colbert to promote three major upcoming events for the CBS network: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Super Bowl 50, and the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
In the 40-second promo, Rihanna can be seen walking down a football field in a gold dress, with matching heels and sunglasses, to promote the upcoming Grammy Awards in a coin toss against Nantz, who is representative of the impending Super Bowl 50 event.
Colbert, who serves as a referee during Rihanna and Nantz’s coin toss, flips a gold coin to determine that Super Bowl 50 will “go first” before the Grammy Awards in CBS’ upcoming televised events.
“We go first,” Nantz declares of the coin toss. Rihanna responds, “I’m worth the wait.”
Rihanna’s remarks during CBS’ new promo seemingly hints at a potential Grammy performance from the songstress, who has been teasing the arrival of her Anti album since last year.
Super Bowl 50 airs on Sunday, February 7 with halftime performers Coldplay and Beyoncé, while Stephen Colbert’s special live edition of The Late Show will air right after the game on CBS. The 58th Annual Grammy Awards will air the following week on Monday, February 15.
With Rihanna having performed at last year’s Grammy Awards alongside Kanye West and Paul McCartney for their collaborative hit “FourFiveSeconds,” which is also rumored to appear on Rihanna’s upcoming album, rumors are now swirling that Rihanna may be performing a new single from Anti during the televised event.
The news comes on the heels of reports suggesting that Rihanna is preparing to open the final room of her “ANTIdiaRy” experience collaboration with Samsung to promote the album’s impending release.
While it’s unclear when Rihanna will be unlocking the eighth and final room of the “ANTIdiaRy,” clues obtained by fans suggest that the final room will contain information regarding an official release date for Anti before Rihanna kicks off the North American leg of her “Anti World Tour” at the end of February.
With no official track list currently available for Rihanna’s new album, there’s no indication as to what track Rihanna may surprise fans with during her rumored Grammy performance next month. However, Rihanna recently made headlines regarding a potential new collaboration with rapper Drake after the duo were spotted filming a new music video while in Los Angeles last weekend.
The rumors began after a copy of an alleged casting call for Rihanna and Drake’s music video surfaced online last week before extras on the set of the video were able to upload photos of Louis Vuitton-monogrammed horses and cars to social media, Billboard reports.
The casting call also revealed that the duo’s new collaboration is reportedly titled “Work” and, given the fact that Drake appears as a feature on the song, it is rumored to appear on Rihanna’s Anti and not Drake’s impending Views From The 6 album.
This isn’t the first time that Rihanna and Drake have teamed up together for a music video; the duo previously achieved chart-topping success with Rihanna’s 2010 hit “What’s My Name?” and Drake’s 2011 track “Take Care.”
With just a little under one month to go until the premiere of the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, do you think Rihanna will make an announcement regarding Anti‘s release during the show?
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