Pink named to perform US anthem at Super Bowl 52

Singer Pink poses with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California, August 27, 2017. — Reuters pic
Singer Pink poses with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California, August 27, 2017. — Reuters pic

LOS ANGELES, Jan 9 — Singer P!nk will perform the US national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, the National Football League said yesterday.

The 38-year-old American will make her first appearance at the NFL’s championship spectacle in the February 4 matchup, protected from Minnesota’s winter cold by a domed stadium.

“I’m really looking forward to 2018,” P!ink tweeted.

“I’m really excited about the Grammys. Tour. Some other stuff that’s a secret still and I can’t wait til it’s not a secret.”

P!nk follows stars like Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Billy Joel and Beyonce in performing The Star-Spangled Banner at the annual championship game.

The singer is from a suburb north of Philadelphia and her home-region Philadelphia Eagles are among the eight clubs still in contention to play in the Super Bowl.

Justin Timberlake will be the half-time musical performer at Super Bowl 52, returning after a controversial 2004 Super Bowl appearance in which he is infamously remembered for a “wardrobe malfunction” that exposed one of Janet Jackson’s breasts for a moment.

P!nk’s latest album, Beautiful Trauma, was released in October while Timberlake is set to unveil his newest collection, Man of the Woods, two days before the game. — AFP

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