Christina Aguilera will sing the National Anthem at the upcoming Super Bowl in Texas on February 6th, Fox television and the National Football League announced on Monday.
The five-time Grammy winner performed as part of the Super Bowl Halftime show in 2000 alongside Enrique Iglesias and Phil Collins, but this will be her first time singing “The Star Spangled Banner” for the big game.
“I have been performing the anthem since I was seven years old and I must say the Super Bowl is a dream come true,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement. “I am really excited to be part of such an iconic event.”
“Singing the National Anthem at the NFL’s championship game is no small feat. Only the best and brightest get a chance to shine on that field,” writes Brad Wete at the Entertainment Weekly.
“Icons like Whitney Houston, whose 1991 showing at Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, Fla. has (arguably) yet to be rivaled, and Beyoncé Knowles have set the bar high. Recently we’ve loved how the NFL’s picks have done.”
“Jennifer Hudson and her powerhouse soul vocals were excellent in 2009. While fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood and her traditional performance fared just as well in 2010.”
Aguilera, 30, who made her movie debut in December as the star of the musical “Burlesque” and began singing professionally as a teenager, is no stranger to the Super Bowl stage. She previously performed alongside singer Enrique Iglesias and rock legend Phil Collins at the Super Bowl halftime show in 2000.
The Black Eyed Peas will perform the Super Bowl Halftime show this year as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers. The game is the most-watched event annually on U.S. television and last year drew more than 153 million viewers.
Since Aguilera’s divorce with music executive Jordan Bratman, her husband of five years, the diva has entered into a relationship with ‘Burlesque’ set assistant Matt Rutler. Aguilera says raising her three-year-old son Max is her top priority right now, but that hasn’t stopped the ‘Beautiful’ singer from having a good time.
Aguilera was allegedly “wasted” at Jeremy Renner’s birthday party, an event to which she was never invited in the first place. Renner’s reps said the singer “was enjoying herself” but noted that contrary to reports, the singer was never passed out in his bed.
The NFL also announced on Monday that the retractable roof at the $1.3 billion stadium would be closed for the game. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Monday the decision was made well in advance of the Feb. 6 game so the league could have a “singular focus” on logistics.
The weather in Dallas-Fort Worth could be good enough for an open-air game, but there’s also a risk of freezing temperatures. The Cowboys opened the roof when they had 105,121 for the first regular season game at their new stadium in 2009.