Luke Bryan delivered a solid rendition of our country's national anthem on Sunday night before kickoff at Super Bowl LI.
The wildly successful country star opted for a no frills performance with no background music, which arguably gave his take on the song more emotional depth. Clad in his signature skinny jeans and a black bomber jacket over a maroon shirt, Bryan looked confident and at-ease throughout his performance.
After his performance the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds did a fly over of NRG Stadium in Houston.
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Bryan was the first male singer to perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl in 10 years, with Billy Joel being the most recent man to nab the gig in 2007.
The "Drunk On You" singer had big shoes to fill in 2017, though, as he followed Lady Gaga's much-acclaimed, rousing performance in 2016. Of course, she returned to the Super Bowl on Sunday night to perform the halftime show.
Before Bryan took on the national anthem, Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, who were the original Schuyler sisters in "Hamilton" on Broadway, sang "America The Beautiful." The trio sounded flawless, and they garnered an enthusiastic response from the packed stadium when they followed the line "and crown thy good with brotherhood" with "and sisterhood!"
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