NFL announces Super Bowl Entertainment: Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan to sing National Anthem; H.E.R. to sing America The Beautiful

Eric Church in 2012 By Townsquare Media Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK, NY [January 19, 2021] GRAMMY-nominated artists ERIC CHURCH  and JAZMINE SULLIVAN are set to pair up for the first time to sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LV pregame festivities at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 7, the NFL announced today.  

Grammy-award winning artist, H.E.R., will join the pregame lineup with her rendition of America the Beautiful.

All pregame festivities along with Super Bowl LV will air nationally on CBS and will be broadcast live worldwide.

Church and Sullivan will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Demi Lovato, Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncรฉ, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

H.E.R. joins critically acclaimed and award-winning America the Beautiful performers such as: Yolanda Adams, Leslie Odom Jr, Renรฉe Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Alicia Keys.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), WARREN “WAWA” SNIPE, acclaimed Deaf rapper and recording artist, will perform the National Anthem and America the Beautiful in American Sign Language.

For Super Bowl LV, the National Anthem will be arranged by Emmy-nominated producer, Adam Blackstone.

The NFL previously announced that The Weeknd will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show which will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director. Roc Nation is also serving as the strategic entertainment advisors of the live performance.

About Eric Church: A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner, and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His most recent album, Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category) and produced his most recent No. 1 hit, “Some Of It.” Previous releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ‘Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”), as well as 22 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.

About Jazmine Sullivan: Often cited as one of today’s most dynamic vocalists, Jazmine Sullivan’s 2008-debut album Fearless earned the Philadelphia native seven Grammy nominations including Best New Artist. Sullivan’s 2010 sophomore release, the critically acclaimed Love Me Back, which the Associated Press declared as “something amazing,” garnered her an eighth Grammy nomination for “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles).” In 2015, Sullivan’s third studio album, Reality Show, which included fan favorites “Let It Burn,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200.  The album also received three Grammy nominations and appeared on numerous “Best of” lists, including NPR Music which proclaimed Jazmine “is blessed with a ninth-wonder-of-the-world voice: She sounds sly, raspy, nimble, battleship-sturdy, gospel-drenched, emotionally devastating.”  Sullivan kicked off 2021 with Heaux Tales, her latest project that quickly became a cultural phenomenon upon its January 8 release, resulting in a #4 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.

About H.E.R.: In a short period of timeH.E.R. has accrued over 8 billion combined audio and streams worldwide – and counting – of the breakthrough projects H.E.R. (RIAA-certified Platinum), I Used To Know Her, and hit singles including “Slide,” the powerful track and MTV Video Music Awards winning video “I Can’t Breathe” and her latest, “Damage.” Accumulating 13 Grammy nominations and 2 wins in just 3 years, H.E.R. has proven herself as an R&B force to be reckoned with.  In 2019, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar) and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, among additional awards and accolades. H.E.R. and producer partner Live Nation Urban introduced Lights On Festival, the first female owned and curated R&B festival in decades.

About Warren “Wawa” Snipe: An acclaimed Deaf Recording Artist specializing in “Dip Hop” (Hip Hop through Deaf eyes), Wawa has been entertaining audiences since 2005 with critical reception and positive reviews. His unique rendering of Dip Hop explores Hip Hop through a mesmerizing blend of audio and imagery and seeks to put Deaf recording artists on the map in the mainstream public interest. In 2016, Wawa released an album, Deaf: So What?!, which was designed to showcase the appeal of music to all including those who are deaf. In addition, Wawa is a well-regarded actor and has had a recurring role in theย Black Lightningย TV series.ย 

Jazmine Sullivan at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards in Beverly Hills, California in 2015 photo By Toglenn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson aka H.E.R. 2019 photo by By MTV International, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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