American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has been tapped to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. This will be Clarkson’s Super Bowl debut. She will join a long list of past performers who have been honored with singing the Anthem prior to the Big Game, including former American Idol alums Jordin Sparks (Super Bowl XLII), Jennifer Hudson (Super Bowl XLIII) and Carrie Underwood (Super Bowl XLIV).
Clarkson no doubt will simply be amazing on Sunday, and it was also announced that Blake Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert will sing “America The Beautiful” during pre-game festivities, which NBC will air just before the big game begins at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. “America The Beautiful” has only been performed at seven Super Bowls, so Shelton and Lambert join an elite group of past performers – Vicki Carr, Ray Charles, Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Queen Latifah and Lea Michele.
As we all know, Madonna will be providing halftime entertainment, and I am quite excited to see what the Material Girl has in store for us. I hope we won’t be disappointed. Last night she appeared on the Tonight Show and told Jay Leno that she is nervous heading into Sunday’s football extravaganza.
“It’s the most nerve-racking thing I’ve ever done. The Super Bowl is like the Holy of Holies of America… And I have to go on in the middle of that ‘Holy of Holies’ and put on the greatest show that was ever put on.”
Just last week she admitted that she was “exhausted” from all the rehearsals, telling ABC News, “I have eight minutes to set up my stage, 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on Earth and seven minutes to take it down so the football field is clean for the second half. That’s the challenge. How do you do that? I wanted to have 100 drummers come from the ceiling.”
Looks like it will be a show like no other! Check back on Sunday, where we will post videos of Kelly, Blake & Miranda and Madonna during Super Bowl XLVI.