country singer Chris Stapleton brought tears to everyone’s eyes as he emotionally performed the national anthem to open Super Bowl LVII. The eight-time Grammy winner took a bluesy approach to Star-Spangled Banner, infusing him with emotion without overdoing it. And in doing so, he provided one of the most memorable moments of the evening.
Stapleton took center stage with his Fender Telecaster, as a large American flag was unfurled on the field behind him. Dressed in all black, the understated, clean-lined approach to the Kentucky native anthem won over attendees, players and fans watching on TV. As the camera rolled on the sidelines, it was impossible to ignore the sight of Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jason Kelce and head coach Nick Sirianni with tears in their eyes.
Movie buffs might also notice a familiar face on the court with Stapleton. CODA Star Troy Kotsur, the first deaf man to win an Oscar for acting, was on hand to provide sign language interpretation. And to top it all off, an all-female Navy Strike and e-plane flyover flew over the stadium as Stapleton sang the final notes of the song.
This simplified rendition of the national anthem was contrasted with two other performances used to kick off Super Bowl 2023. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds put an equally wise twist on america the beautifulwhile Sheryl Lee Ralph gave a high-energy performance of Lift up every voice and singwhich is often called the black national anthem.
The three performances were published on YouTube by the NFL for anyone who missed them or wants to see them again.
Chris Stapleton’s bluesy rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl LVII brought the stadium to tears.
Stapleton’s rendition was part of a trio of pregame performances, including Babyface’s version of America the Beautiful.
by Sheryl Lee Ralph Lift up every voice and sing provided high energy contrast to the other two performances.
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