Super Bowl 2023: Chris Stapleton Has Players in Tears With His National Anthem (VIDEO)

Chris Stapleton performs at Super Bowl LVII
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Sheryl Lee Ralph, Babyface, and Chris Stapleton helped kick off in the 2023 Super Bowl. After resounding performances of “America the Beautiful” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing” from Babyface and Ralph, the country music crooner took to the field to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And Stapleton’s Super Bowl national anthem was one for the books.

Stapleton is the first solo male artist to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl since Luke Bryan in 2017. Joining him as the sign language performer was Oscar-winner Troy Kotsur, who won Best Supporting Actor for CODA in 2021, making him the first deaf male actor to win the category.

Stapleton stepped onto the field and performed with his electric guitar in hand. His rendition was a bluesy interpretation, and Kotsur’s accompanying performance in American Sign Language made for a stirring pairing. The singer performed only with his guitar, highlighting his heavy rasp and wide range.

The conclusion was a historic moment for the big game. For the first time ever, the flyover was led by an all-women team of Naval pilots. Check out a video of the performance below:


Viewers are singing Stapleton’s praises on Twitter.

“Chris Stapleton might’ve just sang my favorite Super Bowl rendition of the National Anthem (Whitney Houston aside),” wrote one fan.

“Chris Stapleton NEEDS to do the National Anthem every year,” tweeted another.

“That boy Chris Stapleton KNOWS HE BE SINGING,” said another excited viewer.

By the looks of Twitter, it seems there’s a new artist to add to the list of the best Super Bowl national anthem performances. Check out some more fan reactions:

The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles are facing off at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Rihanna is headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Jay-Z is currently at the game. Perhaps he’s going to sneak behind the scenes to join RiRi on stage?

What did you think of Stapleton’s performance? Sound off below!