The Super Bowl is almost more of a musical event than a sports event this year and the only missing piece was who was going to sing "America The Beautiful." The NFL announced late last week that the Armed Forces Chorus will sing "America The Beautiful" as part of the pre-game show in San Francisco on Sunday evening before kick off. The Armed Forces Chorus is made up of 50 U.S. Service men and women from the premier military bands in Washington DC, coming from the Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force. It will be a solid group effort.
You won't want to miss this year's game, even if you're not a football fan. Lady Gaga is confirmed to sing the actual National Anthem and Coldplay, Beyonce, and Bruno Mars are all locked into the Pepsi Halftime Show this year.
"America The Beautiful" is always a really powerful moment and the NFL always books someone to do it justice. Last year, John Legend sang the pre-game song. In 2013, students from Sandy Hook elementary school sang with Jennifer Hudson in remembrance of the children who died in a school shooting that year. It's not our national anthem, but it's always the moment during the show that makes everyone stop mid-Super Bowl snack and listen.
They join a long list of great renditions.
Queen Latifah honored the troops in 2010.
Joined by the students from Sandy Hook elementary school, performed the 2013 version.
In 2011, the Glee star kicked off the show.
Although "The Star Spangled Banner," the national anthem, has been sung at every Super Bowl, it's only been in recent years that "America The Beautiful" has been added to the program. One year, Vicki Carr just sang "America The Beautiful" instead of the national anthem altogether, provoking a little controversy. "America The Beautiful" is, by nature, a more accessible song for everyone to sing. "The Star Spangled Banner" is very easy to mess up because of its pitch. Vocal talent like Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey are some of the only ones to not mess it up. Bad national anthem performances are sort of legendary.
But there's strength in numbers (and it's less likely to hit a bad note that will have Twitter complaining). The Armed Forces Chorus is definitely going to make the pre-game show something to remember.