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Rihanna sends flowers to senior home that re-created Super Bowl show

A group of 12 women ages 84 to 92 sang and danced to Rihanna's 2009 hit singe "Rude Boy," re-creating her Super Bowl halftime show performance.
Residents at Arcadia Senior Living in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 10, 2023

Residents at Arcadia Senior Living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, went viral on TikTok last month for performing a re-creation of Rihanna's recent Super Bowl halftime show. As of March 10, the video featuring residents singing and dancing to Rihanna's 2009 hit single "Rude Boy" has racked up an incredible 3.8 million likes and over 32 million views.

Paige Oakes, Arcadia's director of community relations, and Maitlin Nuckols, the facility's director of life engagement, had the idea to create a TikTok account showcasing their residents' talents. They never dreamed it would garner so much attention.

@arcadiasrlivingbg Our halftime show > Rihanna’s halftime show 💃🪩🏈🤍🎶🎤 #seniorlivingcommunity #halftimeshow #SuperBowl #rihanna #fyp ♬ original sound - Brian Esperon

"We were just trying to create something new and exciting for the residents to do," Nuckols told the Washington Post. "Something different for them."

After their re-creation of Miley Cyrus' "Flowers" appeared in local news stories, Oakes and Nuckols brainstormed ideas for more videos. They made a handful of others before coming up with the performance of Rihanna's song.

Dora Martin, an 87-year-old resident, was the perfect fit for Arcadia's re-creation of the performance. She had a personality that fit the part and the ideal all-red outfit to replicate the singer's clothing. As soon as she got the knock on her door, she said yes with excitement.

"I was excited that they even asked me," Martin, who had already been in other Arcadia TikToks, told the Washington Post.

Rihanna performs during the halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl 57 football game between the Chiefs and the Eagles

Pregnant Rihanna soars in Super Bowl halftime performance

The pop superstar kicked off the show suspended on a platform high above the field at State Farm Stadium.

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Oakes and Nuckols assembled a brilliant group of 12 women ages 84 to 92 for their video.

It didn't take long for the TikTok video to go viral. Within one day, it had more than 1 million views. On Feb. 27, the staff and residents were thrilled to receive a stunning bouquet of long-stemmed red roses from the artist's record label boss, Jay-Z.

Then came another surprise. On March 4, Rihanna herself bestowed the social media stars with a beautiful bunch of white roses.

"You ladies' dance was amazing," Rihanna had written on the card.

Aside from achieving (at least) 15 minutes of fame, the facility's TikTok account helps keep the residents engaged.

"It's obviously great advertisement to see our residents truly living their best life," Oakes told Insider.

The residents who participate in the videos don't plan to stop anytime soon.

"It keeps you young," Martin told Insider. "I feel like I'm 16 years old."

This story was originally published by Tricia Goss on simplemost.com.