Carrie Underwood (Associated Press file photo)
Big-voiced country music superstar Carrie Underwood is going to Super Bowl XLIV – to sing the national anthem.
The Feb. 7 Super Bowl in Miami pits the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints. It will air live on CBS.
According to a news release, the Checotah native joins the ranks of many big names who have sung the anthem at the big game, including her idol and fellow Oklahoma native Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and many more.
A four-time Grammy Award winner, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, the 2009 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, and three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, Underwood has amassed more than 11 million in U.S. album sales since her debut CD in 2005, more than any other “American Idol” winner. Along the way, she became the first country artist in history to notch 11 consecutive No. 1 singles. Underwood’s North American 2010 headline tour, “Play On Tour,” will launch in March.
Underwood won’t be the only star performing during the Super Bowl pregame festivities at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida. Queen Latifah also will sing “America the Beautiful.”
Queen Latifah joins Vicki Carr (Super Bowl XI), Ray Charles (Super Bowl XXXV), Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony (Super Bowl XXXVI), Alicia Keys (Super Bowl XXXIX) and Faith Hill (Super Bowl XLIII) as the only artists to perform the patriotic song at the Super Bowl.
A musician, actress, label president, author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning recording artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.
The NFL previously announced that legendary British rockers The Who will play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
The Super Bowl will provide a huge stage, even for stars the likes of The Who, Queen Latifah and Carrie: More than 151 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, making it the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show and Super Bowl XLIV will be broadcast worldwide in more than 230 countries and territories.