Luke Bryan Rocks the National Anthem at 2017 Super Bowl
Luke Bryan took the field on Sunday (Feb. 5) to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI, one of the highest-profile gigs in show business.
Dressed in a simple shirt, jeans and a dark jacket, Bryan delivered a pretty straight reading of the anthem until the end, when he threw in some flourishes as Air Force Thunderbirds did a fly-by over the stadium. His performance earned a rousing cheer from the crowd on hand at NRG Stadium.
The New England Patriots squared off against the Atlanta Falcons for this year’s big game, with Bryan admitting beforehand that he was rooting for the Falcons.
Hopefully, the reaction to Bryan’s performance will be better than he received in 2012 after he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the MLB All-Star Game. That performance caused a giant controversy online when fans criticized the superstar for reading the lyrics to the anthem off his hand while he sang.
Nevertheless, Bryan says he didn’t hesitate when the NFL asked him to sing at Super Bowl, which is a high-pressure gig that draws one of the biggest viewing audiences of the year.