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Look: Stephen A Smith Issues Apology for Rihanna Comments

He sounds sincere.

ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith issued an apology to Rihanna on Wednesday. Earlier this week, Smith made some controversial comments about Rihanna not being worthy to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. He said her name never comes up when people talk about the great halftime show performers in recent years. He added that Rihanna "ain't Beyoncé" and the NFL doesn't have to have her. The rest of the entertainment/sports world did not seem to like the initial comments from Smith, which caused a firestorm online. Here is what he said on Wednesday that sparked so much outrage:

“There’s one thing she’s not, she ain’t Beyonce...The only reason I brought up Beyonce is because Beyonce recently performed at the Super Bowl… there’s levels, you know."

Rihanna, meanwhile, has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won 10 Billboard Music Awards, 10 MTV Video Music Awards, 9 American Music Awards, 4 iHeartRadio Music Awards, and 3 World Music Awards. She's also won 2 Teen Choice Awards, a People's Choice Award, and a Brit Award. Smith probably should have done his research before making these comments.

You can watch Smith's apology below