Super Bowl: Luke Bryan Sings National Anthem

The country singer got the action started in Houston with a powerful performance of our nation's anthem.

Country singer Luke Bryan kicked off Super Bowl LI on Sunday with a rousing rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner."

Bryan, an Atlanta Falcons fan, had promised to "put my stamp" on the anthem in recent interviews this week from Houston. The singer also said that he had gone back to watch other National Anthem performances from previous Super Bowls. "Through this process, I've kinda gone back through the years and watched how people approached the anthem and just tried to figure out in my mind how I wanted to approach it," said Bryan.

Shortly before taking the field to sing, Bryan tweeted a photo with the caption, "Grateful to be here with everyone."

Standing on a stage replica of the NFL's shield logo, Bryan began the rendition before a color guard of armed forces members. He belted out the National Anthem over shots of military servicemen overseas, players on both sides of the field and a massive waving American flag. A flyby of the Air Force Thunderbirds coincided with Bryan's final lines of the song, which was met with enormous applause from the crowd.

Last year, Lady Gaga, who is this year's halftime performer, had the honors of singing the anthem. Bryan shared admiration for her performance, deeming it "an amazing job." Perhaps his work with this year's anthem will lead to him booking the halftime slot at next year's Super Bowl.

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