Rihanna's halftime show sign language interpreter goes viral after Super Bowl

Rihanna's long-awaited Super Bowl halftime show was historic for an unexpected reason - she made headlines by becoming the first person to reveal she was pregnant during the halftime show and perform while pregnant . The show also featured the first deaf female performer to translate the halftime show for the audience: American Sign Language interpreter Justina Myers, whose energetic performance went viral on Twitter and Instagram.

While viewers watching the Super Bowl on cable television didn't know Myers' history-making performance, fans watching the halftime show online saw her ASL sign, and for many, she quickly became The center of attention. Miles captured all of our reactions when RiRi opened the set with "Bitch Better Have My Money," then broke it down into hits like "Where Have You Been" and "Rude Boy." In moments like the "Pose" break in "Pour It Up," Miles does all the moves fans usually reserve for living room dance parties, and for that, Twitter is doing her impressions the same way they do Rihanna's performances.

While this is the first time many people have met Miles, she's actually used to being famous online. She first went viral on Twitter after user ToyaRochelle retweeted a TikTok video of her singing her signature on rapper Lil' Kim's 1997 hit "Crush on You." But aside from his ASL talent, Miles is also an accomplished athlete — winning a silver medal for Team USA track and field at the 2021 Deaflympics in Brazil — and a nursing major at HBCU Bowie State University.

Myers told CNBC's Make It that signing at the Super Bowl means a lot to her and the deaf community. “I appreciate this opportunity to allow all deaf people to enjoy these songs rather than having them miss out on the full Super Bowl experience,” she said. Myers also signed Sheryl Lee Ralph's pregame performance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a song considered by many to be the black national anthem. She added: “To really bring this empowerment to millions of black deaf people across the country who have never really seen this before, I feel like it really lifts up everyone’s voice, even mine. "