We’ve known for a while that Beyoncé Knowles will be the halftime entertainment during the Super Bowl and now we know who will sing The Star Spangled Banner before the game.
The NFL announced Friday that Alicia Keys will do the honors in New Orleans next month. Keys, a 14-time Grammy Award winner, follows in the footsteps of singers like Knowles, Barry Manilow, Cher and Whitney Houston.
It’s the third time Keys has performed at a Super Bowl. She sang America the Beautiful before Super Bowl XXXIX and performed as part of the pregame festivities prior to Super Bowl XLII.
Keys will try to avoid making any mistakes with the lyrics, something Christina Aguilera wasn’t lucky enough to do when she did the honors before Super Bowl XLV in 2011. She’ll warm up for her Super Bowl gig by performing at one of the balls associated with next week’s presidential inauguration.