Luke Bryan opens Super Bowl LI with rousing national anthem performance

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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.

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After his performance the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds did a fly over of NRG Stadium in Houston.

See photos from the performance:

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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Luke Bryan sings the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Country music singer and songwriter Luke Bryan performs the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Pregame Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Pregame Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Luke Bryan sings the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan attends Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan walks on the field before Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Pregame Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Pregame Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan performs onstage during the Super Bowl LI Pregame Show at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Musician Luke Bryan sings the national anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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!"

See photos of Luke Bryan through the years:

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Luke Bryan performs onstage at the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15: Recording artist Luke Bryan, winner of the Male Vocalist of the Year award, poses in the press room during the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards at Music City Center on December 15, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artists Luke Bryan (L) and Taylor Swift attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/AMA2014/Getty Images for DCP)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Country singer Luke Bryan Performs On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 10: Luke Bryan performs in concert at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, August 10, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLARKSTON, MI - JUNE 19: Luke Bryan performs in support of his 'That's My Kind of Night Tour' at DTE Energy Music Theater on June 19, 2014 in Clarkston, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer/songwriter Luke Bryan (R) and Caroline Boyer attend the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2014/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan speaks in the press room with his award for Entertainer of the Year during the 48th annual CMA awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 05: Luke Bryan performs during the 48th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Dustin Lynch and Luke Bryan attend the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Erika Goldring/FilmMagic)
CONCORD, CA - OCTOBER 17: Luke Bryan performs during the 'That's My Kind of Night' tour at the Concord Pavilion on October 17, 2014 in Concord, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - SEPTEMBER 18: Luke Bryan performs in concert at the AT&T Center on September 18, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Luke Bryan performs at Barclays Center on September 14, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0121 -- Pictured: Musical guest Luke Bryan performs on September 10, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Luke Bryan performs onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Singer Luke Bryan poses in the press room at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 1: Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan attend Day 8 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 1, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08: Amy Robach, Connie Britton, Luke Bryan filming the season finale of 'Nashville' after his apperance on ABC-Tv's 'Good Morning America' on August 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Luke Bryan attends a press conference at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 5, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
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