The NFL has selected country artist Eric Church and rising R&B star Jazmine Sullivan to perform the National Anthem together at this year’s Super Bowl, taking place on February 7 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, FL. The pairing marks Church and Sullivan’s first collaboration.
Joining Church and Sullivan at the Super Bowl LV is R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R., who will perform “America the Beautiful.” Chart-topping artist The Weeknd, meanwhile, will headline the coveted halftime show.
Multi-artist performances of the “Star-Spangled Banner” are a rare occurrence at the hallowed sporting event. The last collaborative appearance was in 2006, with Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville, and Dr. John.
More recent performers include Lady Gaga, Luke Bryan, Gladys Knight, and Demi Lovato, who regaled fans at the 2020 Super Bowl.
Sullivan, a 12-time Grammy nominee, released Heaux Tales several weeks ago. The long-awaited title marked the acclaimed artist’s first studio album in more than five years.
Church, who earned the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award at the 2020 CMAs, had a productive year working on his forthcoming seventh studio album. While a title and release date for his follow-up to 2018’s Desperate Man has yet to be announced, the EMI Nashville artist gave fans a preview of what’s to come, thanks to several new singles. They include the Top 40 Country hits “Hell of a View” and the poignant “Stick That in Your Country” – the latter of which is up for Best Country Solo Performance at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards.
The artist also released “Bad Mother Trucker,” which tells the story of an uncompromising female truck driver, followed by the intimate, acoustic track “Crazyland.” The artist rounded out the year with “Through My Ray-Bans,” which he dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
Earlier in 2020, Church joined Luke Combs on the hit single “Does to Me.” The ballad topped Billboard’s Country Airplay and landed at No.4 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The song also found crossover success – hitting the Top 20 of the Hot 100.