Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI

Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI


Country megastar Luke Bryan kicked off Sunday's (Feb. 5) big game with an admirable and straightforward rendition of the National Anthem. Heavy on the twang and heart, Bryan gave the "Star Spangled Banner" everything he could muster, much to the satisfaction of the cheering crowd. Set in Houston's NRG Stadium this year, Super Bowl LI sees New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons battle it out for the title. Pop titan Lady Gaga serves as the half-time show and will undoubtedly turn a few heads with not only her extravagant staging but her catalog of hits.

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones--the three original Schuyler Sisters from the hit Broadway show, "Hamilton"--opened the proceedings with a stunning reading of "America the Beautiful."

"You have to not think about what's going on outside of the stadium," Bryan had told Rolling Stone Country ahead of his big moment. "It's almost like, [you] do an unbelievable job for the people in the stadium and then it'll turn into that. It's only a little over two minutes long. Get up there and do what I've always loved to do: sing for people. And try to take it at that – don't overthink it."

He continued, "I'm not really thinking about it in what it can do for my career. I just hope that when I walk off that stage, people go, 'Man, he really did a great job capturing the anthem,' and 'He really surprised us.' I hope people go, 'Wow, we didn’t really think he had that in him.'"

Bryan recently revealed a slew of dates for his upcoming Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day Tour, which launches in May with a show in Nashville. Brett Eldredge, Lauren Alaina, Granger Smith, Seth Ennis, Craig Campbell and Adam Craig will be his openers on select dates only; those details are forthcoming. Check out the cities and dates below:

May 5 — Nashville, Tenn. - Bridgestone Arena
May 12 — Bristow, Va. - Jiffy Lube Live
May 13 — Hartford, Conn. - Xfinity Theatre
May 18 — Moline, Ill. - iWireless Center
June 1 — Cincinnati, Ohio - Riverbend Music Center
June 3 — St. Louis, Mo. - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 9 — Little Rock, Ark. - Verizon Arena
June 10 — Tulsa, Okla. - BOK Center
June 16-17 — Atlanta, Ga. - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 23 — Hershey, Pa. - Hershey Park Stadium
June 24 — Mansfield, Mass. - Xfinity Center
June 25 — Columbia, Mo. - Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 13 — Bethel, N.Y. - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 15 — Cleveland, Ohio - Progressive Field
July 16 — Holmdel, N.J. - PNC Bank Arts Center
July 21 — Kansas City, Mo. - Sprint Center
Aug. 12 — Syracuse, N.Y. - Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 17 — Virginia Beach, Va. - Veteran’s United Home Loans Arena Amphitheater
Aug. 18 — Charlotte, N.C. - PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 19 — Raleigh, N.C. - Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Aug. 25 — Darien Lake, N.Y. - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 26 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 27 — Jones Beach, N.Y. - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 6 — Scranton, Pa. - Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sept. 8 — Philadelphia, Pa. - Citizen’s Bank Park
Sept. 9 — Pittsburgh, Pa. - KeyBank Pavilion
Sept. 15 — Indianapolis, Ind. - Klipsch Music Center
Sept. 16 — Chicago, Ill. - Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Sept. 21 — Austin, Texas - Austin360 Amphitheater
Sept. 22 — Houston, Texas - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 23 — Dallas, Texas - Gexa Energy Pavilion
Oct. 12 — Concord, Calif. - Concord Pavilion
Oct. 13 — Wheatland, Calif. - Toyota Amphitheatre
Oct. 14 — Mountain View, Calif. - Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 19 — Albuquerque, N.M. - Isleta Amphitheater
Oct. 21 — Salt Lake City, Utah - USANA Amphitheater
Oct. 26 — Phoenix, Ariz. - AK-Chin Pavilion
Oct. 27 — San Diego, Calif. - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Oct. 28 — San Bernadino, Calif. - San Manuel Amphitheater

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