Country music megastar Luke Bryan was hand selected to perform the National Anthem at one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Super Bowl.
While most people get excited for the big game, which is between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, as country music fans, more of our attention will be directed towards Bryan's performance.
Bryan called into to the morning radio show Ty, Kelly & Chuck on Thursday morning (Feb. 2) to talk about how he's preparing to sing "The Star Spangled Banner" in front of thousands at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, and millions more watching from home.
Of the huge responsibility, Bryan says, “Well, you keep a paper bag in your back pocket for hyperventilation or vomiting."
Bryan revealed he will be singing the song a cappella and will arrive in Houston a couple days before the event, which is on Sunday Feb. 5.
“I’m gonna walk out there with me and a microphone,” Luke said. “[In regard to practicing] I’ve just been singing it a lot. There’s 10 ways to do it—there’s the tender way, there’s the confident way, there’s the patriotic way. I fly out [to Houston] a couple of days early so I get to rehearse it a lot. I’m going to get up there and get the microphone in hand and just run a couple of different options and see how I want it. And then there’s always an element to where you want to feed off the moment and the pageantry of where I’m at.”
Will you be watching Bryan perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI on Sunday Feb. 5? Take a listen to his full interview here and watch him perform the National Anthem at the 2012 MLB All Star game below.
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