We’re less than a month away from the Super Bowl and while we know who’s performing at halftime, we didn’t know who would be starting things off by singing the National Anthem.
Well, we now know that will be Grammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Friday.
According to the Associated Press report, the source tipping them off spoke with anonymity as the NFL has yet to officially make the announcement. While Keys is singing the National Anthem before this year’s Super Bowl, it would make a little more sense if the native New Yorker sang the anthem next year when the big game is held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
This year’s game already includes the vocal styling of Beyonce, who sang the anthem before the 2004 Super Bowl which was held in her hometown of Houston. The announcement that Beyonce would perform at Halftime was made back in October.
The NFL and Pepsi have already dove head first into their crowdsourcing campaign which will kick off the Halftime Show. Fans are being asked to upload their photos on Pepsi’s website and those that do will see their picture help open the Halftime Show on February 3rd.
An official announcement from the NFL regarding Keys singing the National Anthem is expected within the next few weeks.