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Reba McEntire sings national anthem at Super Bowl 2024

Here’s your one chance, Fancy, don’t let them down.

Reba McEntire kicked off the 2024 Super Bowl on Sunday with a poignant performance of the national anthem.

The country music superstar, 68, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nev., before the San Francisco 49ers took on the defending champions, the Kansas City Chiefs.

She wore a metallic blazer over a black top and patterned pants with a rodeo belt buckle.

Prior to the big game, McEntire revealed that she had been practicing the anthem “in the shower” and “in the car” with her boyfriend, Rex Linn.

“He’ll say, ‘OK, sing it one more time.’ I said, ‘I think I know the words real good right now, so I’m all right,’” she shared Thursday during an Apple Music press conference in Las Vegas.

The NFL announced on Jan. 18 that it had tapped the “Reba” star to sing the patriotic tune this year, joining the ranks of Chris Stapleton (2023), Pink (2018), Lady Gaga (2016), Beyoncé (2004), Mariah Carey (2002) and Whitney Houston (1991), among other artists.

“CODA” actor Daniel Durant accompanied the “Voice” coach in American Sign Language during the pregame show on CBS.

The country music superstar performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nev. Getty Images
McEntire joins the ranks of Chris Stapleton, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Whitney Houston. Tyler Golden/NBC

Post Malone and Andra Day, meanwhile, performed “America the Beautiful” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” respectively, with actress Anjel Piñero signing both songs.


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Usher will take the stage later in the championship game to headline the halftime show.

The “Confessions” crooner, 45, called the opportunity the “honor of a lifetime” when the league revealed last September that he had been chosen to follow in the footsteps of Rihanna (2023), Madonna (2012), Bruce Springsteen (2009), Prince (2007), Diana Ross (1996) and Michael Jackson (1993).

Usher will headline this year’s halftime show. Getty Images

Usher is no stranger to the Super Bowl, having been a special guest during the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime show in 2011.

“I got a chance to see a bit of what it felt like,” he told the Associated Press in November.

As for what fans can expect this time around, the R&B star teased that he was trying to “squeeze” all the hits that “people celebrate and love” into his 13-minute set.

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