Coldplay’s Chris Martin calls Rihanna ‘best singer of all time’

She’s got a “higher power.”

Coldplay superstar and frontman Chris Martin declared Rihanna “the best singer of all time” ahead of her hotly anticipated Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show on Sunday.

“You have to be an idiot not to recognize that she’s the best singer of all time,” the “Yellow” hitmaker, 45, said of Rihanna in an interview with Zane Lowe.

“I don’t know Rihanna very well,” Martin confessed. “I’m mainly just a fan, and we have performed with her a few times and it is rarer and rarer for her to just sing, which is what makes it even more special, and in a strange way, it shows that she really, really wants to do it.”

Coldplay collaborated with the “Love On The Brain” songstress back in 2011 on their fifth studio album “Mylo Xyloto.” The track, titled “Princess of China,” proved to be an instant hit and was followed by a music video as well as some live performances.

“No one can make Rihanna do anything at this point,” Martin added, noting that she’s “the best singer” in his opinion.

Rihanna arrives at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show Press Conference on Feb. 9, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Martin performs with Coldplay during Super Bowl 50’s halftime show in Santa Clara, California on Feb. 7, 2016.
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Coldplay performed at the annual big game in 2015. When asked about his expectations for Rihanna’s halftime show, Martin said Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, will wow him no matter what.

“So it’s hard for me, I’m very biased because I’m such a big Rihanna fan,” he told Lowe. “I mean, I think she could just walk out in sweatpants and sing, and that would be just great.” 

At the Apple Music press conference Thursday, the “Work” singer, who turns 35 on Feb. 20, said the show, which will have a runtime of just 13 minutes, would be “almost impossible” to pull off.

“I mean, It’s literally, like, 300 to 400 people breaking the stage down and building it back up and getting it out in eight minutes. It’s incredible. It’s almost impossible,” explained Rihanna, who welcomed her first child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky in May last year.

Rihanna's last live performance was at the GRAMMY Awards in 2018.
Rihanna’s last live performance was at the GRAMMY Awards in 2018.
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The singer’s halftime gig marks her long-awaited musical comeback after releasing her most recent album to date, “Anti,” in 2016.

The Kansas City Chiefs will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium when Super Bowl LVII kicks off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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