Chris Stapleton Made Grown Men Cry With Super Bowl National Anthem Performance

via The Beer Legend / Twitter

The halftime show and national anthem performances at the Super Bowl are often highly anticipated and this year was no exception. To kick off the event, country singer Chris Stapleton was selected to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” and his performance did not disappoint.

As Stapleton sang, cameras scanned the sidelines where players from both teams stood with their hands over their hearts in anticipation of the game.

The country crooner’s powerful rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” elicited an emotional response from the players and staff of both the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. With tears in their eyes, they stood on the sidelines with their hands over their hearts, waiting to take the field. This emotional moment was particularly touching when the camera focused on Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, who was openly crying.

Stapleton’s performance was immediately praised on social media, with fans and fellow musicians comparing it to the iconic rendition by Whitney Houston. This performance marked Stapleton as only the 9th country singer in the Super Bowl’s 57-year history to sing the national anthem, following in the footsteps of:

  • Charley Pride (1974)
  • Garth Brooks (1993)
  • Faith Hill (2000)
  • Dixie Chicks (2003)
  • Carrie Underwood (2010)
  • Luke Bryan (2017)
  • Eric Church (2021)
  • Mickey Guyton (2022)


Check out the video below to hear Chris Stapleton’s emotional performance of the national anthem.