Faith Hill sang “America the Beautiful” during the NFL Super Bowl XLIII Pregame Show in Tampa, Florida on February 1, 2009. See photos and the video here.
The country music star sang before a crowd of 70,000 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and the worldwide Super Bowl audience, encompassing 230 countries and territories.
Faith Hill is a five-time Grammy Award winner and married to fellow country music star Tim McGraw. Throughout her career she had 11 No. 1 hits on country music charts and sold more than 35 million records. She is also the singer of the NBC “Sunday Night Football” theme song. In 2000, she sang the national anthem before the Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta, Georgia. The singer was thrilled with her return invitation to sing.
“It’s a huge honor to say the least…There’s an energy [at the Super Bowl] that’s hard to find anywhere else.”
The singing of “America the Beautiful” is not an annual tradition. It has been sung only three other times before the Super Bowl, by three different artists; Vikki Carr (Super Bowl XI), Ray Charles (Super Bowl XXXV) and Alicia Keys (Super Bowl XXXIX).
As was the case with Jennifer Hudson who performed the National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner), Faith Hill’s performance was lip synched at the request of the program’s producer, “American Idol” music director Ricky Minor, who was also producer of the pregame program which saw Whitney Houston’s legendary 1991 performance of the National Anthem. The recorded tracks were submitted a week before the Super Bowl.
“That’s the right way to do it,” Minor said. “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live, because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”
More photos and the Faith Hill video are below.