'INSANE': Chris Stapleton to sing national anthem at Super Bowl LVII, fans say 'that man can sing!'
Eight-time Grammy winner Chris Stapleton, one of the most powerful vocalists in country music, will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LVII in Arizona. The event is to be held on February 12 as part of the pregame entertainment schedule, the NFL announced Tuesday.
Veteran pop-R&B singer Babyface will sing “America the Beautiful,” and Emmy-award-winning actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph will sing the 123-year-old hymn “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Troy Kotsur, an actor and native of Arizona, will sing the national anthem in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (ASL) as per Variety.
Kotsur won an Oscar for his performance in the movie "Coda" in the category of Best Supporting Actor, making him just the second Deaf person to do so in history. Quinta Brunson and Sheryl Lee Ralph co-star in the popular comedy series "Abbott Elementary."
Since 1917, the song – long communally sung within Black communities – has been promoted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as "The Black National Anthem, "USA Today noted.
Colin Denny, a deaf man of Native American descent, who proudly belongs to the Navajo Nation in Arizona, will sing "America the Beautiful." Justina Miles, a deaf performer, will sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and deliver the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show in ASL. Moreover, nine-time Grammy winner Rihanna will perform during the halftime of the game as per the outlets.
Last year, Grammy-nominated country artist Mickey Guyton performed the singing of the national anthem at Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium. It indicates the appearance of a continuing trend to engage starts singing the anthem, the report noted.
The Super Bowl halftime show is produced by Jay-Roc Z's Nation for the fourth straight year, with Jesse Collins serving again as executive producer.
The US Navy will perform a flyover of State Farm Stadium with female aviators as part of the formation to mark 50 years of women pilots in the service. Two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the "Flying Eagles" of VFA-122, an EA-18G Growler from the "Vikings" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, and an F-35C Lightning II from the "Argonauts" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 will make up the formation.
Fans have started reacting to the news as one said on Twitter, "Chris Stapleton National Anthem and Rihanna as Half Time is INSANITY." Another joked, "Sheryl Lee Ralph singing, Chris Stapleton doing the National Anthem, AND Rihanna doing halftime?!?! Only thing that could cap that off is seeing our boys there too!" One said, "This just made my day!! my Fav." "Well, if we get one good thing from the Super Bowl this year, it'll be the rendition of the national anthem from Chris Stapleton. That man can sing," another said as many expressed excitement.
Chris Stapleton National Anthem and Rihanna as Half Time is INSANITY— Jaylene (@jboogielene) January 24, 2023
Sheryl Lee Ralph singing, Chris Stapleton doing the National Anthem, AND Rihanna doing halftime?!?! Only thing that could cap that off is seeing our boys there too! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/cZcZlBRXmN— Catherine Ross (@catherinerossKY) January 24, 2023
This just made my day!! ❤️ my Fav🤗— Donna Ramsey (@djram610) January 24, 2023
Well, if we get one good thing from the Super Bowl this year, it'll be the rendition of the national anthem from Chris Stapleton. That man can sing.— May He Be Found Humble And True (@SojoXX) January 24, 2023