The league announced Monday that Pink — or P!NK — will perform the national anthem before kickoff on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. This will be the first Super Bowl appearance for the versatile star, who like halftime headliner Justin Timberlake, has maintained her popularity for, well, the entire century. This is not easy to do. Ask Hoobastank.
Pink’s national anthem will be the first time the artist has been on the Super Bowl stage, but she has enjoyed an illustrious career as a singer, songwriter, and actress leading up to this point.
Pink follows in the footsteps of country star Luke Bryant, who sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LI in Houston. Other recent performers include Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Kelly Clarkson and Alicia Keys.
Gaga’s well-received performance at Super Bowl 50 helped open the doors for her halftime gig the following year, so perhaps we should start looking at these assignments as something of an audition in front of 111 million people. That doesn’t sound stressful at all.
The pop star hinted at the big news on Twitter earlier this week, teasing that 2018 was going to be a banner year for her.
“I’m really looking forward to 2018,” she wrote. “I’m really excited about the Grammys. Tour. Some other stuff that’s a secret still and I can’t wait til it’s not a secret.”
I’m really looking forward to 2018. I’m really excited about the Grammy’s. Tour. Some other stuff that’s a secret still and I can’t wait til it’s not a secret. I’m also excited for trump to lose his twitter password and also I’m excited that I have dope hair. 💩🤘🏽🤡
— P!nk (@Pink) January 6, 2018
So, with Justin Timberlake headlining Pepsi Halftime show, the NFL has really loaded up a star studded evening of entertainment.
Any singer should be aware that anyone who takes this gig is chasing the legend of Whitney’s zeitgeist-shaking performance at Super Bowl XXV. Ms. Houston really set the standard with her performance.
Good luck, P!NK.