The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be playing at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII, and while most attention will be on the game, the national anthem and halftime performers are generating quite a stir as well.
The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, February 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox. According to Bovada, the Broncos are currently a three-point favorite to win the game, which would give Peyton Manning his second career Super Bowl ring.
While the game has the potential to be a great one, the game's halftime show and national anthem could be just as good.
National Anthem: Renee Fleming
Singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl is a huge honor for any performer, but most past performers have been music superstars.
This year, the NFL decided to go with something a bit different.
Instead of someone like Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson or Christina Aguilera, it will be soprano Renee Fleming singing the national anthem. She will be the first-ever opera singer to sing the national anthem at the event, and while she might not be the most well-known name, this won't be the first time she's performed on a big stage.
During the 2003 World Series, Fleming sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Yankee Stadium. She was also on Late Show with David Letterman to give the "Top Ten Opera Lyrics."
The four-time Grammy Award winner has an amazing voice, and it will be interesting to see how she does on such a big stage.
Halftime Show: Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers
While Super Bowl halftime shows in the late 2000s featured artists—like The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Prince—who first gained popularity as early as the 1960s, in the last few years, acts like the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce have performed. This year, they've decided to keep that trend going by bringing in Bruno Mars.
Mars earned a Grammy at the 53rd Grammy Awards for his song "Just the Way You Are," and just this year won Best Pop Vocal Album for "Unorthodox Jukebox."
Mars will not be alone. He made a special announcement during live coverage on Fox to announce that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him for the show.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and have won six Grammy Awards, being nominated 16 times.
Drummer Chad Smith, also known as Will Ferrell's long-lost twin, tweeted a preview of his awesome drum set for the event.
It is unclear how both groups will play together, but the matchup has certainly created some intrigue around the event.