Barack Obama’s second inauguration may be forever stained by Beyoncé’s lip-sync scandal, but patriotism has another shot at getting it right with Super Bowl XLVII.
Alicia Keys, fresh off her Inauguration Ball set, will kick off the pop-friendly Super Bowl on February 3 by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Though it will be the Girl on Fire star’s third appearance at the championship game, the most by any performer in history (USA Today points out that Keys took part in the pre-game ceremonies in 2005 and 2008), it will also be Keys’ first crack at the National Anthem.
Speaking of lip-syncing! Fellow inauguration all-star Beyoncé will handle the halftime show, with some help from former Destiny’s Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. The reunited R&B three-piece is expected to treat millions of viewers to a medley of their biggest hits, buttressed by their new (but very vintage-sounding) song, “Nuclear.”
Festival all-star Gary Clark Jr. will join living legend Stevie Wonder for a pre-Super Bowl show at the unfortunately named Bud Light Hotel in New Orleans on February 2, Rolling Stone reports. Fans unable to make it to the Big Easy can stream the Wonder-headlined event on Myspace. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Super Bowl XLVII will pit the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers on February 3. The game is set to broadcast live on CBS from New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome at approximately 6:30 p.m. EST.
Last year’s big game featured Madonna, M.I.A., Nicki Minaj, Cee Lo Green, and LMFAO during halftime, and began with American Idol O.G. Kelly Clarkson delivering “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which she sang live, just like she sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” live during the inauguration on Monday. #shade