NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- QUEEN LATIFAH will sing "America The Beautiful" as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. The performance will be televised live on FOX prior to kickoff.
More than 164 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show, including the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," and Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcast worldwide.
Queen Latifah, host of the The Queen Latifah Show, is a musician, actress, a label president, an author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah is a Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning artist as well as an Emmy and Academy Award nominee.
New Jersey-native Queen Latifah will return to the Super Bowl after first singing "America The Beautiful" at Super Bowl XLIV. Last year, JENNIFER HUDSON along with 26 children from the Newton, CT community sang in advance of Super Bowl XLVII. Other artists to have performed the song at Super Bowl include VICKI CARR (Super Bowl XI), RAY CHARLES (Super Bowl XXXV), MARY J. BLIGE & MARC ANTHONY (Super Bowl XXXVI), ALICIA KEYS (Super Bowl XXXIX), FAITH HILL (Super Bowl XLIII), LEA MICHELE (Super Bowl XLV), BLAKE SHELTON and MIRANDA LAMBERT (Super Bowl XLVI).
The NFL previously announced that RENÉE FLEMING will perform the National Anthem, AMBER ZION will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful," and BRUNO MARS will perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL NETWORK PRODUCTION and will be executive produced by RICKY KIRSHNER.
NFL: Joanna Hunter, 212-450-2449; firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Brener, 818-398-8039; email@example.com
FOX: Lou D'Ermilio, FOX Sports; LouD@fox.com
QUEEN LATIFAH: Amanda Silverman, 42 West; Amanda.Silverman@42west.net
FLEMING: Kristen Foster, PMK-BNC; Kristen.Foster@pmkbnc.com
SOURCE National Football League