We’re still waiting to find out which teams will play for Super Bowl LVII, but one part of the biggest sporting event of the year is set: the music!
The NFL, Roc Nation, and Apple Music announced back in September that Grammy Award winner Rihanna will be taking the stage for what’s sure to be a memorable halftime show, but fans have been waiting to find out who will take part in the pregame entertainment. And we’re excited to see a major country music star on the list.
The NFL made the announcement on Instagram on January 24. R&B star Babyface will be singing “America the Beautiful,” Abbott Elementary star Sheryl Lee Ralph will be on hand to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and country star Chris Stapleton has the honors of performing the National Anthem.
The “Tennessee Whiskey” singer, known for his bluesy-rock version of country, has won 8 Grammys, 10 ACM awards, and 14 CMA awards. Yet some football fans didn’t recognize the name and left comments like, “Please someone tell me I’m not the only one who does not know any of these people,” “Who?who? and who?” and “This seems missable.”
But the NFL Instagram account was also flooded with excited country music fans who wrote, “Chris Stapleton’s national anthem will not be matched,” “Chris Stapleton is amazing, cant wait!” “Stapleton is actually fire,” and “Too many people sleeping on Chris Stapleton. Educate yourselves people.”
The Super Bowl airs on Fox on February 12. Kickoff is at 6:30 EST, but you’ll want to tune in early to make sure you don’t miss any of these performances.