Lady Gaga to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 50

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2016

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA - Lady Gaga performs at the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)
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Before the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos square off at Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Lady Gaga will regale fans in attendance at Levi's Stadium and around the world by signing the national anthem. 

According to the Associated Press (via NFL.com), Lady Gaga will be singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to kickoff. In addition, actress Marlee Matlin will perform the song in American Sign Language. 

While it doesn't garner as much attention as the halftime show, some of the best and most influential singers in history have performed the national anthem prior to the Super Bowl. Lady Gaga will join a list of recording artists that includes Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Diana Ross and Billy Joel.

The six-time Grammy Award winner will set the stage for the Panthers and Broncos, as well as the halftime act featuring Coldplay and Beyonce. Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin told the Sun's Gordon Smart that Lady Gaga is a better songwriter than he is: “I just admire all of the hats and the dresses and the madness and everything because I know that underneath it all she can beat me at writing choruses."

Everything is coming up roses for Lady Gaga at the moment, as she recently won a Golden Globe award for her role on American Horror Story. She will also be doing a special tribute to David Bowie during the Grammy Awards telecast on Feb. 15.

With the musical acts all in place for the Super Bowl, prop bets will take center stage. Lady Gaga boasts an excellent set of pipes and knows how to use them, so smart money would say to take the over on whatever time oddsmakers set for her to finish.