Chris Stapleton slayed the pre-game entertainment at this year’s Super Bowl.
The acclaimed musician and songwriter sung the United States national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, at Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 12, 2023.
Armed with a vintage Fender Telecaster, Stapleton’s performance brought Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni and Lineman Jason Kelce to tears.
His performance also got the approval of fellow country singers Morgan Evans and Parker McCollum. Evans tweeted, “Best Star-Spangled Banner I’ve ever heard.” McCollum wrote, “Chris Stapleton is the greatest singer of all time, and you can’t change my mind.”
Stapleton was joined by Oscar winner Troy Kotsur who signed the national anthem. Kotsur won an Academy Award in 2022 for ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his work in CODA, becoming the second Deaf person ever to win an acting Oscar after Marlee Matlin.
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In addition, Emmy-winning actor Sheryl Lee Ralph sang Lift Every Voice and Sing, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds performed America the Beautiful and Rihanna headlined the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show.
During an Apple Music press conference last week, Stapleton said he may have manifested the invitation.
“It’s one of those calls you think you’re not gonna get. And then you get the call and you’re like, ‘Okay, let’s do this!'” said Stapleton. “I think I said it ‘cause I thought I wouldn’t get asked. The national anthem’s not an easy song for singers, and it’s one that can go horribly wrong as we’ve seen many times in the past. Hopefully it won’t happen for me, knock on wood. But yeah, no, if you’re gonna do it, this is the place to do it.”
Kentucky-born Stapleton is an 8x Grammy, 15x CMA and 10x ACM Award-winner and one of the country’s most respected and beloved musicians. Most recently, he was named CMA ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ for the sixth time—setting the record for most wins ever in the category. Additionally, his most recent album, Starting Over, won ‘Best Country Album’ at the 67th Annual GRAMMYs as well as earning ‘Album of the Year’ honours at both the 54th Annual CMA Awards and 56th ACM Awards.
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