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Renee Fleming to sing national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII

World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Feb. 2, the NFL and Fox announced Tuesday.

More than 164 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 Super Bowl XLVIII, will be broadcast worldwide.

In addition, actress Amber Zion will perform the anthem in American Sign Language.

Fleming will make her Super Bowl debut. She is among many great performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl national anthem including Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Jewel, Cher, Faith Hill, the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyoncé Knowles and Christina Aguilera.

Fleming, known as "the people's diva," is a four-time Grammy winner, including the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. One of the world's most beloved and celebrated singers, she captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice and consummate artistry, both on the world's greatest opera stages and in concert halls.

Fleming has performed at other major events worldwide including the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the Olympics in Beijing. At a White House ceremony last July, President Barack Obama awarded Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.

The NFL previously announced that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

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