Kelly Clarkson to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

Madonna is slated to perform at halftime, and country couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will sing before the game

By Howard Fendrich
|  Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 4:18 AM CDT
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Kelly Clarkson is set to perform at the Super Bowl this year, according to The Associated Press.

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The original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will perform at America's biggest sporting event: the Super Bowl.

Clarkson has been chosen to sing the national anthem before the NFL championship game at Indianapolis on Feb. 5, a person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made by the NFL. The league is expected to reveal the anthem singer later this month.

Since becoming the first winner of American Idol a decade ago, Clarkson has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and had more than a half-dozen singles reach the top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100.

Clarkson released her latest album, Stronger, last year; she is currently on tour and appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last weekend.

Also slated to participate in the Super Bowl pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium: country music couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, singing "America the Beautiful."

Grammy-winner Lambert released her latest album, "Four the Record," last fall. Shelton is a judge on "The Voice," a singing competition on NBC, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl this year.

The NFL announced in December that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Madonna will perform at halftime of the league's title game.

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