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One of the biggest honors a musician can get is to be invited to perform at the Super Bowl. Whether it’s headlining the big game’s halftime show or getting the game started with “America the Beautiful” or the national anthem, it’s a task artists take seriously.
Legendary entertainer Reba McEntire became only the 10th country star to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at football’s biggest game when she took the field ahead of Super Bowl LVIII. Reba had some big shoes to fill as performances from artists such as Chris Stapleton (2023), Whitney Houston (1991) and more set the bar high in years past.
But, Reba’s performance did not disappoint. She stood on a small platform near the end zone, in front of a row of servicemen and women displaying the American flag and flags representing each military branch.
The performance marked a special anniversary and full circle moment for the “Fancy” singer. In 1975, McEntire got her big break when Red Steagall heard her sing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The moment led to an invitation from Steagall for Reba to move to Nashville to do a studio recording. That, in turn, led to a record contract for the singer. And, as they say, “The rest is history.”
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49ers fans haven’t witnessed the team win a Super Bowl trophy since 1994 when Steve Young, Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice led the team to a victory over the San Diego Chargers.
The Kansas City Chiefs hope to continue their league dominance with another Super Bowl win to make their third win out of five Big Game appearances since 2019.
The pressure and emotion was evident as cameras panned the crowd and the players on the sidelines. Tears were streaming down faces as Reba sang the patriotic tune.
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Hear Reba McEntire’s beautiful national anthem performance in the video below.