On Wednesday, Stephen A. Smith had much to say about Rihanna’s upcoming Super Bowl halftime show performance.
During this week’s episode of The Sherri Show, Smith claimed that RiRi “ain’t Beyonce.”
“Rihanna’s music is fantastic,” Smith said during the interview. “She’s great. She’s a sister. I love her dearly, and I listen to her music. I’m gonna support her ’til the cows come home.”
He continued, “I’m just telling you, for me, there’s Beyoncé, and there’s everybody else. Just like there’s Michael Jackson, and there’s everybody else.”
Although Smith makes it clear that there is only room for one at the top, he admits that he isn’t at all enthusiastic to see Rihanna do her thing.
“Ladies and gentlemen, [Rihanna is] a lot of things. She’s spectacular, actually, and congratulations on new mamahood. There’s one thing she’s not — she ain’t Beyoncé.”
According to Smith, Beyoncé was mentioned because she did SB XLVII without Coldplay and Bruno Mars… but she did have Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, former Destiny’s Child members, on her side.
However, given her performance has been fully kept a secret since it was announced, Rihanna could still be doing her gig alone.
In his explanation, Smith compares the situation to Sherri Shepard.
“I like television,” he added. “I like a lot of talent out there. There’s some spectacular females in television, I just want to say that. Everybody ain’t Sherri. That’s not throwing shading on them. That’s appreciating their greatness but understanding there’s levels!”