Idina Menzel and John Legend to Kick off Super Bowl XLIX

Idina2The NFL and NBC announced today that Frozen star Idina Menzel has signed on to sing the National Anthem while John Legend will sing “America the Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1. The performances will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.

More than 112.2 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show, including the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful,” and Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast worldwide.

In addition, actress Treshelle Edmond (“Glee”) will perform in American Sign Language the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful.”

wenn22040944Menzel will make her Super Bowl debut. She is among many performers who have been honored with singing the Super Bowl National Anthem including: Renee Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick, Jr., Garth Brooks, Natalie Cole, Vanessa Williams, Luther Vandross, Cher, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Dixie Chicks, Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera and many more.

The NFL previously announced that Katy Perry will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. The pregame and halftime shows are an NFL Network Production and will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner.

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