You don’t just have to be a sports fan to tune in to Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 — being a pop music fan, however, is essential. In addition to half-time performances from Madonna and Nicki Minaj, the AP has confirmed that Kelly Clarkson will be kicking off (pun intended) the championship game by singing the national anthem — perhaps while wearing a Ron Paul pin? (We kid!)
The recent SNL performer and soon-to-be Voice mentor‘s pre-game set will also include a duet of “America The Beautiful” by husband and wife country sensations Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Hmm, Blake and Kelly performing on NBC on February 5? If we didn’t know any better we would think the network was trying to get us to stay tuned for the Voice premiere following the game. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that Kels doesn’t follow in the footsteps of last year’s national anthem chanteuse, The Voice‘s own Christina Aguilera, and remembers all the lyrics.