Chris Stapleton’s Soulful Rendition of the National Anthem Brought Tears to the Super Bowl Audience

Chris Stapleton Performing the National Anthem at the 2023 Super Bowl

Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Country singer Chris Stapleton brought tears to everyone's eyes as he performed a soulful rendition of the National Anthem to open Super Bowl LVII. The eight-time Grammy winner took a bluesy approach to the Star Spangled Banner, infusing it with emotion without going over the top. And in doing so, he provided one of the most memorable moments of the evening.

Stapleton took center stage with his Fender Telecaster, as a large American flag was spread across the field behind him. Dressed in black, the Kentucky native's sober, pared-down approach to the anthem won over attendees, players, and fans watching on television. As the camera panned to the sidelines, it was impossible to ignore the sight of Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jason Kelce and head coach Nick Sirianni with tears in their eyes.

Cinema lovers might also notice a familiar face on the field with Stapleton. CODA star Troy Kotsur, the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar, was on hand to provide a sign language interpretation. And to top things off, an all-female flyover of Navy strike and electronic aircraft soared above the stadium as Stapleton belted out the final notes of the song.

This stripped-down rendition of the National Anthem was contrasted with two other performances used to kick off the 2023 Super Bowl. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds gave a similarly demure spin to America the Beautiful, while Sheryl Lee Ralph gave a high-energy performance of Lift Every Voice and Sing, which is often called the Black National Anthem.

All three performances have been posted on YouTube by the NFL for anyone who missed them or wants to watch them again.

Chris Stapleton's bluesy rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII brought the stadium to tears.

Stapleton's rendition was part of a trio of pregame performances, including Babyface's version of America the Beautiful.

Sheryl Lee Ralph's Lift Every Voice and Sing provided a high-energy contrast to the other two performances.

h/t: [Variety]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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