Country Music Star Will Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl LVIII

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 15: A general view of Allegiant Stadium after a news conference announcing that the venue will host the 2024 Super Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on December 15, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Country music superstar Reba McEntire will perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVIII when the best of the NFL teams go against each other in Las Vegas in February.

On Thursday the NFL and Roc Nation dropped the news — via posts on X — that this year’s “Super Bowl LVIII Pregame Lineup” includes the 68-year-old country music singer performing “The Star Spangled Banner.” She will be joined by pop star Post Malone singing “America The Beautiful” and Andra Day performing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

McEntire later shared the news with her followers and wrote, “I’m honored to be part of something as big and historic as the Super Bowl coming to Las Vegas for the first time!”

Reba, a three-time Grammy Award winner, has been topping the country music charts for almost four decades and is best known for such hit songs as “Fancy,” “Is There Life Out There,” and “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.”

Speaking to CBS Mornings about getting the call to perform on the world’s biggest stage, McEntire admitted at first she wanted to think about it. However, her boyfriend, Rex Linn, spoke up immediately and said excitedly, “Yes she’ll do it, absolutely.”

Last year, the NFL shared the exciting news that R&B superstar Usher had been picked to headline the Apple Music Super Bowl LVIII halftime show.

It comes months after Rihanna’s halftime performance during Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, which was called the “worst lip sync ever” by fans of the game on X (formerly Twitter).

Many were quick to note as the singer danced, while suspended on platforms that looked like they were floating in the air, that it appeared that she was lip-syncing some of her biggest hits like, “Only Girl (In the World),” and “Umbrella” in the 13-minute long performance, the New York Post noted.

“Rihanna not even having the mic near her mouth while the lyrics are playing. Why bother doing the halftime show if you’re not even gonna try and lip sync, bizarre,” one person wrote, according to the New York Post. 

“Amazing how Rihanna is able to keep singing even when she puts the mic aside and doesn’t move her lips at all,” another wrote.

One performance that was widely celebrated at the 2023 Super Bowl was Chris Stapleton’s moving rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Related: Super Bowl Champ Proposes ‘All-Black Vs. All-White Bowl,’ ‘Sick’ Of ‘White Guys Commenting On Football’

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