The true football fanatics — from the fantasy players to the select spectators of the NFL gridiron — are eagerly anticipating Super Bowl Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. For the rest of us, the night’s musical performances are the “must-see TV” Sunday.
Super Bowl 55 will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, airing on CBS. It marks the first Super Bowl in the thick of the coronavirus era, so attendance at the big game is limited. Though the look and feel will be different, some standard elements — including musical performances from today’s brightest stars — will still be present.
The performances by a variety of R&B, country and pop singers will take place at various times Sunday night.
Who will sing the national anthem?
The NFL announced on Jan. 19 that the national anthem singers at Super Bowl 55 will be Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan. Sullivan, a Philadelphia native, has been a force in the R&B world since her debut album “Fearless” was released in 2008. The album topped the Billboard charts, went gold and produced such hits as “Bust Your Windows.” In December, she released her controversial album “Heaux Tales EP.”
Church, who calls Nashville, Tennessee, home, is a sought-after singer-songwriter in the country music world. The North Carolina native has such top 20 hits as “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines” and “Guys Like Me.” He was named “Entertainer of the Year” at the 54th Annual Country Music Association Awards.
H.E.R., another R&B artist who has received 13 Grammy nominations during the past three years, will sing a rendition of “America The Beautiful.” These performances will take place between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
Who will the halftime performer be?
The Weeknd will be at center stage for the halftime show. The Canadian singer-songwriter has racked up Grammy awards and is known for his songs including “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Heartless.” The 30-year-old announced Thursday that he would not have any guests included in his halftime show. He said he had been “reading a lot of rumors” about other musicians joining him for the show.
“There wasn’t any room to fit it in the narrative, in the story I was telling in the performance. So, yeah, there’s no special guests,” the singer told Kay Adams in a clip from the NFL Network’s “GameDay Morning” show.
Here are the estimated times, Eastern Standard Time, of each performance Super Bowl Sunday, according to CBS.
Between 6-6:30 p.m.:
"America The Beautiful"
"The Star-Spangled Banner"
Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan
Between 8 and 8:30 p.m.:
Other times to know:
2-6 p.m.: “Super Bowl Today” — Live televised interviews, analysis and features profiling the key players and coaches who will participate in Super Bowl 55.
6-6:30 p.m. Super Bowl on CBS Kickoff Show
6:30 p.m. SUPER BOWL LV – Kickoff of Super Bowl 55 on CBS
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