Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Country music icon Reba McEntire’s rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” during the broadcast of Super Bowl LVIII has garnered widespread acclaim. This moment held special significance for the 68-year-old singer, as she had previously performed the national anthem fifty years earlier at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma, where she was first discovered at the age of 19.
In contrast to some contemporary artists who have faced criticism for altering the song to suit their style, McEntire’s rendition was celebrated for its traditional approach. Clad in a sparkling outfit with a prominent belt buckle, the singer and actress delivered the anthem with powerful vocals accompanied by a pre-recorded horn section, as reported by Variety.
The performance was accompanied by patriotic visuals, including fireworks, American flags, and footage of troops stationed overseas, adding to the emotive impact of the moment.
“One social media user on X remarked, ‘Reba McEntire proving why she’s a living legend. No gimmicks needed.’ Another echoed this sentiment, stating, ‘An all-American choice here.'”
“A third commenter echoed, ‘Now THAT’S how you show patriotism! Thank you Reba!’
McEntire discussed her preparation for performing on football’s grandest stage during a press conference. “I prepare by being prepared,” she explained. “I’ve been singing the national anthem in the shower, when we get in the car… Rex (Linn), my boyfriend, is a huge football fan. He’ll say, ‘Sing it one more time.’ I’ll say, ‘I think I know the words real good right now, so I’m all right.'”
McEntire further expressed, “It means that I get to sing a very special song for all American people around the world who have really worked so hard for our freedom and to give us peace… It’s not about me. I’m a representation of this song, and I’m just honored to get to sing it. It’s a good one. I’ve been doing it for 50 years, and I’m really proud to get to sing it.”
In recent years, country singers have been chosen to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl, with Chris Stapleton in 2023, Mickey Guyton in 2022, and Eric Church in 2021, alongside R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan. Demi Lovato was the last non-country star to perform the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the 2020 Super Bowl game.