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Nick Sirianni Touched by Chris Stapleton’s Mellow Super Bowl National Anthem Performance

13 February 2023, Monday
Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Babyface provided a trifecta of musical talent for the pre-game show of the Super Bowl, with as much focus on the music as on the game itself. 

Stapleton, known for his powerful vocals in many of his hits, offered a subdued performance of the national anthem on guitar. He was not wearing his usual cowboy hat, yet still managed to hit some impressive vocal highs. 

Sheryl Lee Ralph & "Abbott Elementary" were two of the other performers in the spotlight before the kickoff, showing their importance and the magnitude of the platform they were given.

Stapleton's touching performance elicited a strong emotional reaction from Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni and center Jason Kelce, both of whom were seen wiping away tears on the sidelines. The country star's passionate rendition of the national anthem ended to huge cheers from the Arizona crowd. For those looking to bet on Super Bowl 57, the latest odds, matchups, stats and more can be found in Super Bowl Central.

For the third year in a row, a country music star has been selected to sing the national anthem. Last year, Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan performed together and this year Mickey Guyton gave a stirring performance.

Chris Stapleton, who put on an incredible rendition of “Higher Ground” with Stevie Wonder at last week’s Grammy Awards, was accompanied by Troy Kotsur, who signed the national anthem in American Sign Language. Kotsur became the second deaf actor to win an Academy Award, taking home the trophy for his part in the Oscar-winning film “CODA”.

Gruff-voiced, teddy-bear-like vocalist and guitarist Stapleton has experienced a steady rise in his career since his breakout with his 2015 song and album "Traveller".

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