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Luke Bryan sings the National Anthem prior to Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

This year’s upcoming Super Bowl will mark 20 years since a country act performed at the halftime show. 20 years! With the popularity of country music in today’s world, why hasn’t there been more?

Flash back to 2003 when Shania Twain captivated the crowd in San Diego, where The Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers met for Super Bowl XXXVII. Yup, it’s been that long. (BTW The Bucks slayed the Raiders)  And it wasn’t even a fully country show. The Chicks performed a gorgeous version of the National Anthem before the show. And hitting the stage for the halftime show was Shania Twain, No Doubt (Gwen Stefani’s group) and Sting made a special guest performance.

This little time travel trip only begs the question, why in the world  hasn’t there be one other country act on that stage since?  A completely country halftime show did happen, once upon a time. But, that was a long, long time ago. The halftime show has primarily feature pop, rock and hip-hop/r &b acts. The producers of the show have featured plenty of country acts singing the National Anthem, but very few at the half. Find out below who performed and when , and watch their performances from the halftime to the National Anthem.


  • Shania Twain's 2003 Halftime Performance

  • The Last Completely Country Halftime Show

    It was 1994. Yup, that’s how far back we have to go to go country at the Super Bowl. On January 30, 1994, Super Bowl XXVIII was played at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The game featured the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys took the win and their 4th Super Bowl, as a franchise.

    The Halftime show was pure country. Some of the biggest names in country music ,at the time took the big stage. Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and Wynona Judd electrified the audience with high energy performance. Later, Naomi Judd appeared to sing with Wynonna, to sing Love Can Build A Bridge as the show’s finale act.

  • Last year's National Anthem

    On February 13 of 2022 Mickey Guyton performed a perfectly beautiful and passionate rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. One of the best performances of the Super Bowl National Anthem to date, in my opinion.

  • Garth Brooks

    In 1993 Garth Brooks sang the National Anthem. As you would image, Garth gave it his all, but as Wide Open country reported, he nearly  walked out on his performance.

    Garth Brooks Super Bowl National Anthem 1993

    In honor of the NFL Playoffs starting next week, let's all get it started with Garth Brooks singing the National Anthem during Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, CA at the Rose Bowl.This was a historic event that needs a lot of background, so here goes...Garth was to do the National Anthem on the grandest stage of them all, seen by BILLIONS of people. He had hopes of the NFL agreeing to play his brand-new music video for "We Shall Be Free" during the game for the world to see and had brought it with him. The NFL refused, hoping that would be the end of it. Of course, to Garth, it was the mere beginning of it...Garth stormed out and said he wouldn't sing the National Anthem unless it was played. The NFL used all their cameras they had to sweep over the audience to find someone to take Garth's place and found Jon Bon Jovi, who agreed to be a last second fill-in.By this point, Garth was out of the stadium walking to his car when Michael Jackson, the huge Pepsi half-time draw stepped in and saw the video and said it blended well with parts of his halftime show and said the NFL should air it. The NFL finally agreed, found Garth before he left the property and got him back in the building.Thanks to this fiasco, the NFL requires all National Anthem singers to pre-record the song, in case something should happen. This was the first and only time the Super Bowl was ever delayed due to a singer protesting for themselves, or an artist in general.Enjoy the January 31, 1993 rendition of the National Anthem, as sung by Garth Brooks with sign language by Marlee Matlin. Twenty-Nine years ago this month.

    Posted by Garth Brooks Believers on Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • 2021 Super Bowl National Anthem...half country

    Eric Church and singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan performed the National Anthem at the 2021 Super Bowl 

  • Faith Hill's epic performance

    Surely, known as one of the greatest Super Bowl National Anthem performances, Faith Hill gave us all chills in the year 2000 at Super Bowl XXXIV

  • Carrie Underwood, Super Bowl XLIV -- National Anthem

    13 years ago Carrie Underwood took center stage at the Super Bowl to dazzle with her version of the National Anthem

  • Lucky Luke Bryan

    In 2017 Luke Bryan sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LI. You remember this epic comeback game for the Patriots. They beat Atlanta 34-28. They were down 28-3, trailing 19 points in the 4th quarter. But turned on the gas and brought home another championship to New England. Thanks Luke, our good luck charm.



  • Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

    It was Super Bowl XLVI in 2012 when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert performed “America the Beautiful.” The Patriots defeated the Giants 21-17. 

  • The Chicks

    The Chicks performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVII, in 2004. Another winning performance and another win for the Pats! The Patriots defeated the Panthers by a score of 32–29

    Dixie Chicks Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVII

    #TBT to 14 years ago today: Super Bowl XXXVII National Anthem

    Posted by The Chicks on Thursday, January 26, 2017

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