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Country Music Artists Who Have Performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

Mr. Nimbus | 02/09/2024

With the Super Bowl being the pinnacle of each football season, a moment that regularly draws more than 100 million viewers each year, it stands to reason that similarly, one of the loftiest aspirations — and nerve-wrecking challenges — for any musician is the opportunity to sing the national anthem during the Super Bowl pre-game. It’s a moment that less than 50 solo singers have experienced, given that many of the early renditions of the national anthem during a Super Bowl were handled by marching bands, choirs and instrumentalists. Written by Francis Scott Key, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the U.S. national anthem in 1931.

Since the first Super Bowl was held in 1967, the national performance slot has grown in prominence, with numerous rock and pop artists such as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and the Backstreet Boys handling national anthem duties over the decades.

Still, country music performers have had a strong showing over the years. Country music performer Charley Pride was the first solo country singer to perform the national anthem during a Super Bowl, in 1974.

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While country performers’ national anthem slots have largely been interspersed with performers from other musical genres over the years, more have been stepping up to the mic on the stadium field to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner,” including Eric Church teaming with Jazmine Sullivan (2021), Mickey Guyton (2022), Chris Stapleton (2023) and Reba McEntire (2024).

Here, Billboard looks at country music artists who have performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl throughout the years.

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Written by Mr. Nimbus

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