While the NFL conference championships take place this weekend to determine who will be playing in Super Bowl XLVII, those wondering who will be singing the National Anthem at the big event need not wait any longer. Announced on Friday, Alicia Keys is the official singer responsible for belting out the most watched National Anthem rendition to take place all year long.
Keys performance will follow in Kelly Clarkson, of American Idol fame, who sang the song at last year’s game and will be joining an elite group of artists that have sang America’s song for the better part of three decades. Most famously was Christina Aguilera, who actually sang the song incorrectly and received much backlash in 2011.
While Alicia will be performing in the opening ceremonies of Super Bowl 47, which takes place on February 3rd, it is fellow pop-star Beyonce who will have all the limelight when she performs in the half-time show for the big game. Critics believe Knowles has a tough act to follow after Madonna performed at the same event last year.
In addition to pop-culture invading the big game, fans who do not have access to television will be afforded the opportunity to view the game online, for free and for the second year in a row. The NFL first began its legal stream of the Super Bowl last year and it proved to be such a success that they will be doing so again this year. Many fans thought that live streaming access would just be highlights, however, the NFL does indeed stream the game online for free as it airs on television.
Of course TV is where the Super Bowl does the most business, with many 30 second advertising spots selling for nearly five million dollars.