Chris Stapleton has been chosen to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl LVII, and Rhianna will take on the coveted half-time show. While Dierks Bentley says he is looking forward to watching both performances, he also posed the idea of an all-country lineup at next year’s half-time show.
Coincidentally, his parody band, Hot Country Knights, happens to have a free spot in their calendar that would align with that gig.
“And another cool first for him, Chris Stapleton is playing the Super Bowl. He’s doing the National Anthem. For me personally, I’d be very happy watching Chris doing the half-time show. He would be amazing, and I think people would really love it. I’m a big Rihanna fan too. I’d like to sit down with Rihanna and figure out how she made 1.7 billion dollars. That’d be an interesting conversation,” Bentley joked. “But I think in 2024, we need country as the half-time show. I’m just gonna say the Hot Country Knights are available.”
In addition to upcoming entertainment, Super Bowl LVII will find the Kansas City Chiefs facing off against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. This will mark the fourth time this stadium has hosted the Super Bowl.
The country star revealed that he was lucky enough to attend Super Bowl XLII at the same Arizona stadium back in 2008. During the game, he also met an unlikely friend who now happens to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“I’ve been to the last Super Bowl in Arizona. It was the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. I was actually sitting next to Peyton Manning. I did not know him at the time,” Bentley revealed. “He was there rooting on his brother Eli, which was pretty cool to see that whole thing playing out. Now we have two brothers playing actually in the Super Bowl at the same time. The Kelce Brothers.”
Jason Kelce and Travis Kelce are the first brothers to play on opposing teams in a Super Bowl. Jason plays for the Philadelphia Eagles as the starting center while his brother, Travis, plays for the Kansas City Chiefs as the starting right end.
During the game, their mother, Donna Kelce, will be rooting on both of her sons while wearing her signature split jersey. And at the end of the day, no matter which team wins, she will have a Super Bowl winner in her household.
“I think the mother’s name is Donna, so it’s a crazy story for her. It’s gonna be a great day and a really sad day for her. It’s kind of a no-win situation for her. But that’s a cool event to have those guys playing together. I think they said other firsts in the Super Bowl to have two black quarterbacks for the first time starting in Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes, so both those guys are awesome.”
As Bentley mentioned, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Jalen Hurts, will also make history on Sunday. They are set to be the first two Black quarterbacks to start in the same Super Bowl.
Overall, Super Bowl LVII is slated to be a historic game full of critically acclaimed entertainment. In addition to Stapleton and Rhianna, Babyface, a 12-time GRAMMY winner, will also appear at the Super Bowl to sing “America The Beautiful,” along with Emmy-award-winning actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph, who will appear to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
During the Super Bowl LVII pregame entertainment, the U.S. Navy will conduct a flyover of State Farm Stadium while Stapleton sings the National Anthem. The flyover is in support of 50 years of women flying in the Navy. According to a press release, The formation will be 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.
“I’m just hoping for a close game, you know? Looking forward to the half-time show, the commercials, you know? That half-time show, it’s a million dollars a minute, and it’s a 13 ½ minute half-time show, so just Rihanna, all the collaborations, the surprises, the whole thing’s so fun. But yeah, the longer it can be closer, the better the Super Bowl is for me,” Bentley shared.
Super Bowl LVII, will take place on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 5:30 p.m. CT on FOX.