Country Stars React To Chris Stapleton’s Super Bowl National Anthem Performance: ‘The Greatest Singer Of All Time’

The country music community is showing support for Chris Stapleton.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 12, 2023

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Chris Stapleton Super Bowl; Photo via Fox

The country music community is showing support for Chris Stapleton following his impressive performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl LVII on Sunday (Feb. 12). 

The eight-time GRAMMY winner delivered a flawless, soulful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” live during America’s most-watched sporting event. His performance brought tears to the eyes of many viewers as well as Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Nick Sirianni and Eagles’ lineman Jason Kelce. 

All eyes were on the eight-time GRAMMY winner as he took to the State Farm Stadium Field to perform the patriotic tune. 

Sans his signature cowboy hat, the Kentucky native was joined by the Armed Forces color guard and “The President’s Own” United States Marine band. His National Anthem length clocked in at 02:02.79.  

Following his performance, several country music artists, including Ian Munsick, Darius Rucker, Carly Pearce, Mickey Guyton, Parker McCollum, and more took to social media to praise the Kentucky native’s powerful performance. 

“Best #SuperBowl National Anthem of all-time @ChrisStapleton,” Munsick shared. 

“I just saw grown men keep their hats in during the National Anthem and that really sucked. Awesome job @ChrisStapleton u killed it!!!!!!” Rucker added. 

“Chris Stapleton is the greatest singer of all time and you can’t change my mind,” McCollum wrote, while Guyton added, “Wow @ChrisStapleton. You killed the National Anthem! Congrats my friend. #SuperBowl.”

“Stapleton just crushed that Anthem #USA,” Davis added, while Pearce commented, “The most soulful National Anthem ever. @ChrisStapleton you’re one in a million!!!! #SuperBowl”

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The U.S. Navy conducted a flyover of State Farm Stadium as Stapleton sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The flyover was in support of 50 years of women flying in the Navy. 

According to a press release, the formation was composed of an F-35C Lightning II from the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147, two F/A-18F Super Hornets from the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122, and an EA-18G Growler from the “Vikings” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129.

Prior to taking to the field to perform The National Anthem, Chris Stapleton appeared in a Ram Trucks commercial. 

Stapleton’s Super Bowl LVII performance came just days after his buzzed-about GRAMMYs appearance, where he shared the stage with music icons Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.  

In the midst of a busy February, Stapleton revealed plans to extend his All-American Road Show through 2023. The trek kicks off  on April 26 at UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas and runs through late August. 

Fans can also catch Stapleton on tour with George Strait on a run of six stadium shows throughout the summer.

Additionally, Super Bowl LVII also featured a performance from Babyface, a 12-time GRAMMY winner, who sang “America The Beautiful,” as well as Emmy-award winning actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The performers were joined by Academy Award-winner Troy Kotsur, who signed the National Anthem, “America The Beautiful,” “Life Every Voice and Sing,” and will sign the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show in American Sign Language. Kotsur, who is only the second deaf person to win an Oscar, is an Arizona native known for his work in the film CODA.

Later in the show, RIHANNA will deliver the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, which is produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” Jay-Z, Rihanna’s “Umbrella” collaborator and the founder of Roc Nation, previously said in a statement. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

In a recent interview with Billboard, Collins, who is the President of Jesse Collins Entertainment, shared that RIHANNA is “working hard.” 

He went on to promise viewers that the “Stay” singer will perform “all” of her major hits and that the Apple Music Halftime Show will be “like none other.”

The performance will mark RIHANNA’s first performance in five years.

The 34-year-old pop star has mostly remained out of the spotlight in music over the last several years to focus on her Savage X Fenty lingerie and beauty line. In May of 2022, RIHANNA welcomed her first child with her boyfriend A$AP ROCKY. 

“Oh, man. I’m just as excited as you guys, if not more. Yeah, I’m super excited. This is as huge. This is incredible. I’m so glad that my lady’s back making music again and whatnot, and getting back out there. It’s just incredible,” A$AP ROCKY recently told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. ”Especially for both of us, it is a good year for both of us to be more active and be out there. But the Super Bowl is huge, and her being the creative she is she going to bring it, man. I’m excited. I’m more excited than everybody else, honestly.”

The worldwide phenome​​non later released two new songs, “Lift Me Up” and “Born Again,” which marked her first new music since 2016’s Anti. Both tunes appear as part of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack. 

The chart-topping superstar recently scored her first-ever Oscar nomination at the 95th Academy Awards for Best Original Song for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever single, “Lift Me Up,” which is also her first solo single in six years. 

RIHANNA follows previous Super Bowl halftime performers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, The Weeknd, Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, and many more.

Super Bowl LVII, which will find the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles, will take place on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 5:30 p.m. CT on FOX.​​

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.