Earlier today, it was revealed that Country music icon and Grammy winner, Reba McEntire, will step into the spotlight to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl.
In an exclusive interview with the hosts of CBS Mornings, McEntire, shared insights into her emotions and preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime performance. When asked about how she landed the prestigious opportunity, she said that her manager was the one who broke the incredible news.
“He said that they wanted me to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, and I said ‘Oh my gosh. Well, let me think about that.”
She continued to say that even though she was going to debate on taking the gig at first, once her boyfriend found out, it was something she couldn’t turn down.
“And Rex Linn, my boyfriend, who is a huge football fan, he said, ‘Yes, she’ll do it. Absolutely.’ So that’s where we’re at.”
This debut Super Bowl performance holds a special significance for McEntire, bringing her back to when she was singing the national anthem at rodeos.
Despite the high expectations and nerves that often come along with singing the song, McEntire actually has decades of practice under her belt. Having sung the national anthem for years at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, she is confident in her abilities.
“You just warm up like you do a concert and sing it about five or six times, and get in there, and do it.”
— Reba McEntire (@reba) January 18, 2024
Witness Reba McEntire sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on February 11, 2024, as the event unfolds at Allegiant Stadium- marking a historic moment as Las Vegas and the state of Nevada play host to the event for the very first time.