Super Bowl XLVIII national anthem will be performed by Renee Fleming

Pascal Le Segretain

The acclaimed opera singer will be performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl this year.

The NFL has confirmed that opera singer Renee Fleming will perform the national anthem for the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey. The national anthem performance will be televised on FOX as part of the pregame festivities.

Nicknamed "The People's Diva," Fleming has received acclaim for her soprano voice. She's a four-time Grammy winner, recently winning the 2013 award for Best Classical Solo Vocal. She performed at numerous major events around the world, including the Diamond Jubilee for Queen Elizabeth II, the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Last July, President Barack Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.

Fleming's selection breaks a long streak of contemporary pop artists performing the anthem. The previous singers included Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson. Bruno Mars has been chosen to perform the halftime show, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers opening for him.

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