While the teams playing in the Super Bowl have not yet been decided, at least fans know who will sing the National Anthem. According to the Associated Press, Alicia Keys will sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
The 13-time Grammy award winner is no stranger to singing at sporting championships, performing “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z after the Yankees won the World Series in 2009. This is the third time Keys has performed at the Super Bowl. In 2005, Keys sang “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl XXXIX and performed at the Super Bowl XLII Pregame Show in 2008. Keys is a close friend of Beyonce, who is headlining the halftime show.
For Super Bowl XLVII, two teams will battle to put a ring on it, and Beyonce will perform at halftime. The AP reported that the 31-year old Mrs. Shawn Carter will take the stage in New Orleans on Feb. 3. No word yet if any of the number of artists who have collaborated with Beyonce will join her. The 16-time Grammy award winner has worked with Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Shakira, Sean Paul and husband Jay-Z.
While her first halftime performance, Beyonce sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. A noted sports fan, Jay-Z owns part of the Brooklyn Nets. Beyonce, who grew up in Texas, just might get to cheer on her hometown team and early Super Bowl favorites Houston Texans. Unfortunately for Jay-Z, it is doubtful his NY Jets will be contenders.
Amid internet reports that Charlie Sheen bought Lawrence Taylor’s Super Bowl ring, the actor went on the Dan Patrick Show and set the record straight saying, “As much as I would be honored to own such an important artifact… I had nothing to do with the acquisition.” The ring would have added to Sheen’s collection, who already owns Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring.
The rumor first went viral when Jay Glazer of Fox Sports tweeted: “Got no idea if this is true but if is it’s hilarious. Lawrence Taylor & his agent Mark Lepselter were told last night winning bidder for LT’s Super Bowl Ring was none other than Charlie Sheen!!!”
The hall of fame linebacker has fallen under hard times, and last year was sentenced to six years probation for sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. But It was Taylor’s son who decided to auction off the Super Bowl XXV championship ring with SCP Auctions, selling for $230,000