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2023 Super Bowl: Chris Stapleton chosen to sing national anthem, NFL announces other pregame performers

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The Super Bowl is historically the most watched television program in the United States, with the hype around the game like no other, and the level of entertainment extends far beyond the action on the field. The pregame festivities and ceremonies, as well as the halftime show, make the big game a big moment in pop culture.

We already know Rihanna will be the halftime performer for Super Bowl LVII and on Tuesday, the NFL announced the rest of the Super Bowl entertainment.

Eight-time Grammy winner Chris Stapleton will perform the national anthem prior to the game. The country music singer also has 15-time Country Music Association and 10-time Academy of Country Music awards.

Babyface performs “America the Beautiful” before kickoff. The 64-year-old is a 12-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and producer with 125 top 10 hits, 44 No. 1 R&B hits and 16 No. 1 pop hits.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be sung by Emmy, Critics Choice and Independent Spirit Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. The 66-year-old has a successful acting career and has been nominated for a Golden Globe and an NAACP Image Award.

Arizona native Troy Kotsur will perform the National Anthem in American Sign Language (ASL) on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Kotsur was the second deaf person in history to win an Oscar for his role in the film “CODA”.

Colin Denny, a member of the Navajo Nation in Arizona, will sign “America the Beautiful.” Deaf artist Justina Miles will sign “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and also provide the ASL rendition of the halftime show.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of women flying in the US Navy, the flyover will include female airmen as part of the formation.

Now that we know what all the pregame ceremonies will look like, we just need to know which teams will compete for the Lombardi Trophy. The Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs face off in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and the San Francisco 49ers head to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship Game.

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