BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The Atlanta Falcons will have an extra touch of home at Super Bowl LI with Luke Bryan handling the national anthem.
The country superstar from Leesburg will perform as part of the pregame festivities at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5. His performance will be broadcast live on Fox prior to kickoff of the game between the Falcons and New England Patriots.
Actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey will perform both the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” in American Sign Language.
Bryan joins a diverse list of anthem singers including Lady Gaga (who has graduated to halftime performer this year), Idina Menzel, Renee Fleming, Alicia Keys, Cher, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Garth Brooks.
Check out the list of national anthem singers from past Super Bowls.
|Super Bowl||Performer||Super Bowl||Performer|
|Super Bowl I||Universities of Arizona & Michigan Bands||Super Bowl XXVII||Garth Brooks (Signed by Marlee Matlin)|
|Super Bowl II||Grambling University Band||Super Bowl XXVIII||Natalie Cole with Atlanta University Center Chorus (Signed by Courtney Keel Foley)|
|Super Bowl III||Anita Bryant (Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo Astronauts)||Super Bowl XXIX||Kathie Lee Gifford (Signed by Heather Whitestone)|
|Super Bowl IV||Al Hirt (Pledge of Allegiance by Astronauts)||Super Bowl XXX||Vanessa Williams (Signed by Mary Kim Titla)|
|Super Bowl V||Tommy Loy (trumpeter)||Super Bowl XXXI||Luther Vandross (Signed by Erika Schwarz)|
|Super Bowl VI||U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale||Super Bowl XXXII||Jewel (Signed by Phyllis Frelich)|
|Super Bowl VII||Andy Williams & Little Angels of Holy Angels Church (Chicago) Pledge of Allegiance by Apollo 17 crew||Super Bowl XXXIII||Cher (Signed by Speaking Hands)|
|Super Bowl VIII||Charlie Pride||Super Bowl XXXIV||Faith Hill (Signed by Briarlake Elementary School Signing Choir)|
|Super Bowl IX||Grambling University Band with Mardi Gras Chorus||Super Bowl XXXV||Backstreet Boys (Signed by Tom Cooney); “America The Beautiful” performed by Ray Charles|
|Super Bowl X||Tom Sullivan||Super Bowl XXXVI||Mariah Carey (Signed by Joe Narcisse); “America The Beautiful” performed by Mary J. Blige & Marc Anthony|
|Super Bowl XI||Vicki Carr (America the Beautiful)||Super Bowl XXXVII||Dixie Chicks (Signed by Janet Maxwell);
“God Bless America” performed by Celine Dion
|Super Bowl XII||Phyllis Kelly of NE Louisiana State University||Super Bowl XXXVIII||Beyoncé Knowles (Signed by Suzanna Christy)|
|Super Bowl XIII||Colgate University Thirteen||Super Bowl XXXIX||More than 100 representatives from the four branches of the military (Signed by Wesley Tallent )|
|Super Bowl XIV||Cheryl Ladd||Super Bowl XL||Aaron Neville and Dr. John with Aretha Franklin & Detroit based 150-member choir (Signed by Angela LaGuardia of Michigan School for Deaf).|
|Super Bowl XV||Helen O’Connell||Super Bowl XLI||Billy Joel (Signed by Marlee Matlin and Jason Hay-Southwell)|
|Super Bowl XVI||Diana Ross||Super Bowl XLII||Jordin Sparks (Signed by A Dreamer)|
|Super Bowl XVII||Leslie Easterbrook||Super Bowl XLIII||Jennifer Hudson (Signed by Kristen Santos)|
|Super Bowl XVIII||Barry Manilow||Super Bowl XLIV||Carrie Underwood (Signed by Kinesha Battles)|
|Super Bowl XIX||Children’s Choir of San Francisco||Super Bowl XLV||Christina Aguilera (Signed by Candice Villesca)|
|Super Bowl XX||Wynton Marsalis||Super Bowl XLVI||Kelly Clarkson (Signed by Rachel Mazique)|
|Super Bowl XXI||Neil Diamond||Super Bowl XLVII||Alicia Keys (Signed by John Maucere)|
|Super Bowl XXII||Herb Alpert||Super Bowl XLVIII||Renée Fleming (Signed by Amber Zion)|
|Super Bowl XXIII||Billy Joel||Super Bowl XLIX||Idina Menzel (Signed by Treshelle Edmond)|
|Super Bowl XXIV||Aaron Neville||Super Bowl 50||Lady Gaga (Signed by
|Super Bowl XXV||Whitney Houston||Super Bowl LI||Luke Bryan (Signed by Kriston Pumphrey)|
|Super Bowl XXVI||Harry Connick, Jr. (Signed by Lori Hilary)|