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Opera star to perform national anthem at Super Bowl

Opera star to perform national anthem at Super Bowl

SUPER BOWL: This Dec. 6, 2013 file photo shows Renee Fleming performing at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony across from the White House in Washington. Fleming, a four-time Grammy winner, will perform sing the national anthem before the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb 2. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Dharapak

Opera star Renee Fleming has been handed the honor of performing America’s national anthem before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl showdown on Feb. 2.

The American football championships, which will take place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, will feature a halftime show by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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