O say can you see — who’s singing the national anthem at Super Bowl 55?
Following up Demi Lovato’s emotional return to a microphone last year, the NFL has tabbed a duo to sing the country’s anthem this go ’round, with country star Eric Church and R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan pairing up to sing the anthem prior to the big game.
With the pairing, the NFL seems to really be hammering home the “unity” theme that has permeated American society, with Church, a country singer, and Sullivan, an R&B singer, to try and bridge the gap for those coming from all music tastes.
Here’s everything to know about the Super Bowl 55 national anthem, including the full list of singers throughout the game’s history and over/under betting odds.
Who is signing the national anthem at Super Bowl 2021?
On Jan. 19, the NFL announced that country singer Eric Church and R&B artist Jazmine Sullivan would pair up for a duet of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the start of Super Bowl 55.
Eric Church is an American country music artist and has been been nominated for 10 Grammy awards throughout his career, including three nominations for best country album. His 2018 album, “Desperate Man,” was the last nominated for the award. Church is releasing a triple album later in 2021 entitled “Heart & Soul.”
Jazmine Sullivan is an American R&B singer who recently returned to music in 2020, releasing the “Heaux Tales” EP in early 2021 which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Sullivan is a 12-time Grammy nominated artist, including being in the running for new artist in 2009. With a dozen nominations but no trophies, she is high on the list of singers who have been nominated but has never won.
In addition, R&B artist H.E.R. will be performing “America the Beautiful” prior to the start of the game.
Super Bowl national anthem over-under
The infamous Super Bowl national anthem over-under prop bet is about two minutes, give or take a few seconds depending on which sportsbook is providing the odds. The over-under for the Super Bowl 55 national anthem is set at 1 minutes, 59 seconds, per oddsshark.com.
Betting the over-under on the Super Bowl national anthem is one of the most popular prop bets from the biggest American sporting event of the year. Last season’s anthem singer, Demi Lovato, clocked in at 1 minute, 50 seconds — a rare sub-two minute rendition that beat the 1:55 betting odds. But five of the past six anthem performances have gone over. The last duet, performed by Aaron Neville and Arethra Franklin in 2006, lasted 2 minutes, 8 seconds.
What time does Super Bowl 55 start?
The 2021 Super Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 7. CBS, which owns broadcasting rights to the game, will begin its live pregame coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET continuing through kickoff.
What is the national anthem of the United States of America?
The United States of America’s national anthem is Francis Scott Key’s “Star-Spangled Banner,” written in 1814.
Past Super Bowl national anthem singers
While various musical groups have performed, true duets in the Super Bowl is a rarity, with 2006 the last time a duet performance occurred prior to the start of a Super Bowl.
|I||1967||The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band and UCLA choir|
|II||1968||Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band|
|III||1969||Lloyd Geisler of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra|
|VI||1972||U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale|
|VII||1973||Little Angels Children’s Choir of Chicago’s Holy Angels Church|
|IX||1975||Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band|
|XI||1977||None (Vikki Carr sang “America the Beautiful”)|
|XII||1978||Phyllis Kell of the University of Louisiana at Monroe|
|XIII||1979||Te Colgate Thirteen|
|XIX||1985||San Francisco Boys Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Piedmont Children’s Chorus and San Francisco Children’s Chorus|
|XXV||1991||Whitney Houston with the Florida Orchestra|
|XXVI||1992||Harry Connick, Jr.|
|XXIX||1995||Kathie Lee Gifford|
|XXX||1996||Vanessa L. Williams|
|XXXIX||2005||U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and the choirs from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy|
|XL||2006||Aaron Neville, Arethra Franklin and Dr. John|
|LV||2021||Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan|