In a truly memorable moment, Reba McEntire graced the stage to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the Super Bowl clash between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The excitement had been building since January 18, when McEntire was revealed as the anthem singer for the historic Super Bowl LVIII, marking the first time the event took place in Las Vegas. Expressing her deep honor to be part of this significant event, McEntire joined the illustrious lineup of artists contributing to the Super Bowl’s musical spectacle.
The announcement also unveiled other musical talents set to shine during the event, including Post Malone with “America The Beautiful” and Andra Day captivating the audience with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Reba McEntire’s inclusion in this esteemed list solidifies her status as the 10th country singer to deliver the national anthem at the Super Bowl, alongside luminaries such as Chris Stapleton, Mickey Guyton, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, The Chicks, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, and Charley Pride. McEntire brought her own unique touch to this momentous occasion.
Speaking with CBS Mornings, McEntire shared the thoughtful process she went through when asked to perform on the grand Super Bowl stage. Despite initial contemplation, her boyfriend Rex Linn, an avid football enthusiast, left no room for doubt, emphatically stating, “Yes, she’ll do it. Absolutely.” And so, McEntire embraced the opportunity.
Discussing her preparation, McEntire shared a down-to-earth approach, saying, “You just warm up like you do a concert and sing it about five or six times, and get in there, and do it.”
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This performance marked a significant milestone in McEntire’s illustrious career, harking back to her roots when she was first discovered following a flawless rendition of the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in 1975.
Taking the stage with confidence, McEntire wore embroidered black pants, a black blouse, and a tan blazer. Adding a personal touch, she adorned her father’s belt buckle and her mother’s bracelet, delivering a powerful, unadorned performance that allowed the song’s poignant lyrics to shine.
Witness the stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Reba McEntire below.