The Super Bowl halftime show and national anthem performances are often more anticipated than the game itself, and this year was no exception.
As Stapleton sang the national anthem, camera’s scanned the sidelines where players stood with their hands over the hearts, waiting to take the field.
Tears were seen in the eyes of players and staff from both the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. Perhaps the most touching moment was when the camera settled on the face of Eagles head coach, Nick Sirianni, who made no effort to hide the tears running down his face.
Social media immediately erupted with posts from fans and some of Stapleton’s fellow musicians praising his performance, with most admitting that the song brought them to tears as well. Many compared Chris’s performance to that of Whitney Houston who most would argue had delivered the best rendition to date.
Chris Stapleton might’ve just sang my favorite Super Bowl rendition of the National Anthem (Whitney Houston aside) pic.twitter.com/GJUNkDQllC
— Jared Christopher (@JaredLChris) February 12, 2023
Nick Sirianni is all of us listening to Chris Stapleton right now. Absolutely gorgeous rendition. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/Yrk8DlrGBh
— Kristen Rodgers (@KristenERodgers) February 12, 2023
@ChrisStapleton my good lord – you and Whitney own the national anthem. Forever and ever
— P!nk (@Pink) February 12, 2023
Chris Stapleton just put on the best National Anthem performance at the #SuperBowlLVII since Whitney Houston in 1991!
Tears in my eyes! So proud to be an American 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ru4d8ctXbh
— The Beer Legend (@thebeerlegend) February 12, 2023
All of America right now after @ChrisStapleton‘s National Anthem performance. 🥲 #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/4gIYgxRaA5
— American Country Music Chatter (@ACMC_Country) February 12, 2023
Chris Stapleton became only the 9th country singer in the Super Bowl’s 57-year history to sing the national anthem.
Charley Pride (1974), Garth Brooks (1993), Faith Hill (2000), Dixie Chicks (2003), Carrie Underwood (2010), Luke Bryan (2017) Eric Church (2021) and Mickey Guyton (2022) all previously had the honor.
Hear Chris Stapleton’s tear-jerking performance of the national anthem in the video below.
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