Luke Bryan says what he really thinks about his Super Bowl anthem successor Elsa/Getty Images
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Luke Bryan performed on one of the biggest stages of his career at last year?s Super Bowl. He sang the national anthem and received great reviews for his straightforward delivery. Any singer will tell you ?The Star Spangled Banner? is incredibly difficult to perform, so our hats are off to Luke for keeping it together while about a billion people watched him on TV.

Before that big performance, Luke told reporters he was just going to try to be in the moment as he sang. Luke said, ?I?m just gonna walk out there and sing it. It?s not like I?ve got a band or an orchestra that?s on time and they play it the same way and I?m following them. I?m kind of gonna walk out there and follow my heart and follow the vibe of the room.?

That approach certainly paid off.

Now, pop star Pink is following in Luke?s footsteps singing the anthem at this year?s Super Bowl on Feb. 4. When asked how he thinks Pink will do performing at the big game, Luke told ?Entertainment Tonight,? “Pink is one of the best singers on planet Earth and I know she’s going to do an unbelievable job with the national anthem.?

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Though she?s a consummate professional, Luke knows Pink may be feeling a little pressure going into such a high-profile gig.

He adds, ?It’s pretty nerve-wracking, I’m sure she’ll kill it though. She’s been on the big stage for a lot of years, certainly even more than me, so I know she’ll do great and good luck, Pink.?


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Country fans have seen just how talented Pink is thanks to her No. 1 hit duet with Kenny Chesney on ?Setting the World on Fire.?

She also took center stage at the CMA Awards this past November to perform ?Barbies? from her brand-new album, ?Beautiful Trauma.?

Country fans have plenty of reasons to tune in to this year?s Super Bowl in addition to the actual football game and those hilarious commercials.

As we?ve reported, Carrie Underwood?s new video for her collaboration with Ludacris on ?The Champion? will premiere as part of NBC?s lead-up to the kickoff that night.

Also, Justin Timberlake is performing this year?s halftime show, and there?s a lot of speculation that his pal Chris Stapleton will join him for a cameo. Of course, Justin and Chris lit up the 2015 CMA Awards with their medley of ?Drink You Away? and ?Tennessee Whiskey.?


Also, Chris is a guest artist on the song ?Say Something? from Justin?s upcoming album, ?Man of the Woods.? That song is coming out this week, according to this tweet from Justin …

The Philadelphia Eagles will take on the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LII airing Sunday, February 4 on NBC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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