Country Music Chris Stapleton And R&B Icon Babyface To Perform At Super Bowl

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Country music star Chris Stapleton and R&B icon Babyface are scheduled to perform at February’s Super Bowl.

Stapleton will sing the national anthem in front of the crowd at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, while Academy Award winner Troy Kotsur performs alongside him in American Sign Language, according to ESPN. Babyface will perform “America the Beautiful” before kick-off and the highly anticipated halftime show from Rihanna.

They’ll also be joined by Emmy-winning actor Sheryl Lee Ralph, who’ll sing the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” ESPN noted.

Rihanna was previously offered the chance to headline the halftime for 2019’s Super Bowl LIII, but turned it down, claiming solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Rapper Jay-Z whose Roc Nation entertainment agency is executive producing this year’s halftime show, also turned down an offer for Super Bowl LIII.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn. A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment,” Jay-Z said in a statement regarding the upcoming performance. (RELATED: STUDY: Country Music Dominates Top Live Events By State In 2022)

The Super Bowl will air on Feb. 12, 2023. Get your TVs, buckets of snack food and beers ready!