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Idina Menzel to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

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Idina Menzel will sing the National Anthem and John Legend will sing "America The Beautiful" as part of Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, the NFL and NBC announced Thursday. The performances will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

More than 112.2 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show, including the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," and Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast worldwide.

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In addition, actress Treshelle Edmond will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Menzel will make her Super Bowl debut. She is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more. (See below for a complete list of National Anthem performers from past Super Bowls.)

Legend joins Vicki Carr (Super Bowl XI), Ray Charles (Super Bowl XXXV), Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony (Super Bowl XXXVI), Alicia Keys (Super Bowl XXXIX), Faith Hill (Super Bowl XLIII), Queen Latifah (Super Bowl XLIV & XLVIII) and Lea Michele (Super Bowl XLVI) as those who have sang "America The Beautiful" at the Super Bowl. In 2013, Jennifer Hudson along with 26 children from the Newton, CT community sang the song in advance of Super Bowl XLVII.

The NFL previously announced that Katy Perry will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers.

Super Bowl National Anthem Honor Roll
Super Bowl Performer Super Bowl Performer
Super Bowl I Univ. of Arizona & Michigan Bands Super Bowl XXVI Harry Connick Jr.
Super Bowl II Grambling University Band Super Bowl XXVII Garth Brooks
Super Bowl III Anita Bryant Super Bowl XXVIII Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus
Super Bowl IV Al Hirt Super Bowl XXIX Kathie Lee Gifford
Super Bowl V Tommy Loy (trumpeter) Super Bowl XXX Vanessa Williams
Super Bowl VI U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale Super Bowl XXXI Luther Vandross
Super Bowl VII Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Super Bowl XXXII Jewel
Super Bowl VIII Charlie Pride Super Bowl XXXIII Cher
Super Bowl IX Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus Super Bowl XXXIV Faith Hill
Super Bowl X Tom Sullivan Super Bowl XXXV Backstreet Boys ("America the Beautiful" performed by Ray Charles)
Super Bowl XI Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful) Super Bowl XXXVI Mariah Carey ("America the Beautiful" performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony)
Super Bowl XII Phyillis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University Super Bowl XXXVII Dixie Chicks ("God Bless America" performed by Celine Dion)
Super Bowl XIII Colgate University Thirteen Super Bowl XXXVIII Beyonce Knowles
Super Bowl XIV Cheryl Ladd Super Bowl XXXIX More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military
Super Bowl XV Helen O'Connell Super Bowl XL Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir
Super Bowl XVI Diana Ross Super Bowl XLI Billy Joel
Super Bowl XVII Leslie Easterbrook Super Bowl XLII Jordin Sparks
Super Bowl XVIII Barry Manilow Super Bowl XLIII Jennifer Hudson
Super Bowl XIX Children's Choir of San Francisco Super Bowl XLIV Carrie Underwood
Super Bowl XX Wynton Marsalis Super Bowl XLV Christina Aguilera
Super Bowl XXI Neil Diamond Super Bowl XLVI Kelly Clarkson
Super Bowl XXII Herb Alpert Super Bowl XLVII Alicia Keys
Super Bowl XXIII Billy Joel Super Bowl XLVIII Renee Fleming
Super Bowl XIV Aaron Neville Super Bowl XLIX Idina Menzel
Super Bowl XXV Whitney Houston


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