Before the Carolina Panthers take the field against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, the United States' national anthem will be sung by Lady Gaga, according to the Associated Press. This will be Gaga's first appearance as the featured singer of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl.
The honor of opening the world's biggest sporting spectacle with our national anthem adds to a growing list of accolades for the talented musical performer. Last month she took home a Golden Globe for her role in "American Horror Story: Hotel" and received a nomination for best original song at next month's Oscars with "Til It Happens to You" from "The Hunting Ground." Gaga also has won six Grammys, including three for Album of the Year.
Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin will perform the song in American Sign Language alongside Gaga on the field.
The national anthem has been sung at every single Super Bowl outside of Super Bowl XI, when Vikki Carr sang "America The Beautiful" instead. Some years have had both songs performed.
Last year, the national anthem was sung by Idina Menzel, though trying to get a consensus as to whether or not the anthem was well-received by the general public is nearly impossible these days. Somebody is always going to hate it and somebody is always going to love it. We're a ways away from performances like Whitney Houston's in 1991, which was received with critical acclaim.
The anthem singer is often overshadowed by plenty of other things, like the actual football game and the halftime performance. Last year, Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott combined for a stellar halftime performance, though there seems to be a lot less hype for this year's show, which will feature Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars.