Reba McEntire has been tapped to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. The Grand Ole Opry member announced the exciting news on social media, sharing a photo of herself with Post Malone and Andra Day, who will also be performing.
I”’m honored to be part of something as big and historic as the Super Bowl coming to Las Vegas for the first time!” McEntire said of the honor. “2024 marks 50 years since I was discovered singing the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that anniversary.”
— Reba McEntire (@reba) January 18, 2024
Post Malone will sing “America The Beautiful,” and Day will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
McEntire is continuing a tradition that has held since 2020 of having country music star to do the honors. Eric Church sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2021 with Jazmine Sullivan, followed by Mickey Guyton in 2022, and Chris Stapleton in 2023.
“It is a different part of me coming out because it’s non-scripted,” McEntire shared with Everything Nash and other outlets during a recent virtual media event. “It is. You just go have fun, which I like to do that. And cutting up with Niall and Gwen and John, and jabbing them and doing that competitive thing, it is just hysterical. And they come up with some of the funniest skits for us to get to do. So it just brought out my personality that a lot of people haven’t seen. If you see a concert, you’ll see a little bit of it. It’s just me being a me.”
2024 is already shaping up to be a good year for the 68-year-old, both personally and professionally.
“I’m at a really good place in my life,” McEntire recently People. “I’m happy. I’m in love. My kids are all healthy. My family’s healthy. So I’m happy.”
The Oklahoma native previously said she could also see herself marrying her longtime boyfriend, Rex Linn, but the decision was his and his alone.
“I told him if he wanted to get married that’s up to him totally,” McEntire tells Taste of Country. “He doesn’t seem pressured one way or the other. We get along so well. We have fun. We travel together. Now, if you can do a road trip with a person and not get in an argument and still like each other when you get to your destination, that’s a pretty good partnership right there.”
McEntire will be joined on The Voice‘s 25th season by Dan +Shay, using a double chair for the first time in the show’s history, along with John Legend and Chance the Rapper.
Other country artists who have performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl include Luke Bryan, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, The Chicks and Charley Pride.
Super Bowl 58 will air on CBS on Sunday, February 11, from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.