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Luke Bryan to Perform National Anthem at 2017 Super Bowl

Luke Bryan has been asked to perform the National Anthem at the upcoming 2017 Super Bowl.

The country superstar shared the exciting news in a video to Instagram on Sunday (Jan. 22), saying, “I’m so excited to announce that I will be performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI, live from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, right here on Fox, Sunday, Feb. 5.”

The New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI.

Bryan found himself at the center of controversy online in 2012 after he sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, when fans noticed that he appeared to be reading the lyrics to the anthem off his hand while he sang. Despite that experience, he didn’t hesitate when the NFL asked him to sing at the Super Bowl, which is sure to draw one of the largest television audiences of the year.

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“I said, ‘Hell yes, I’ll do it!’” Bryan tells People about the honor.

“Is the anthem challenging? Yes. Is it nerve-wracking? Yes. But I moved to Nashville to follow my dreams and singing the national anthem on that stage doesn’t get any bigger.”

Bryan says the performance is one way for him to show his patriotic spirit.

“I never served in the military — that’s something I wish I had had the opportunity to do,” he states. “But I feel like this is my way of honoring my country. It’s a little chance to serve.”

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