Reba McEntire's Super Bowl national anthem prep included singing in shower

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Reba McEntire is gearing up for nan capacity of a lifetime.

The NFL announced past period nan state euphony fable will beryllium taking nan shape anterior to nan Super Bowl to singing nan nationalist anthem. 

In a property convention successful Las Vegas Thursday, McEntire said astir really overmuch she loves nan metropolis and that she's "tickled to pieces" to beryllium portion of nan first Super Bowl there.

"I person ne'er sang nan nationalist anthem astatine nan Super Bowl. I americium honored beyond words to beryllium chosen to get to singing it. It intends that I get to singing a very typical opus for each Americans, group each astir nan world who person really worked truthful difficult for our state and to springiness america peace," she said.

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"It's not astir me. I'm nan practice of this song, and I'm conscionable honored to get to singing it. It's a bully one. I've been doing it for 50 years, and I'm really proud to get to singing it." 

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When it comes to preparing for nan large day, nan superstar joked she's "preparing by being prepared."

"I've been singing nan nationalist anthem successful nan shower, erstwhile we get successful nan car. Rex, my boyfriend, is simply a immense shot fan, played each sports erstwhile he was going to school. And, so, he'll say, ‘OK, singing it 1 much time.’ I'll say, ‘I deliberation I cognize nan words existent bully correct now, truthful I’m each right,'" she said.

"But conscionable to beryllium prepared and cognize that everybody's going to beryllium singing it pinch me. That helps," she continued. "If I cognize that they're singing along, and they're remembering and having nosy too, that's easier connected me. Just beryllium prepared erstwhile you locomotion retired there." 

This year's Super Bowl pregame show will characteristic further performances successful a star-studded lineup. Rapper Post Malone will travel McEntire’s capacity pinch "America nan Beautiful," and vocalist Andre Day will beryllium singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

The Super Bowl has consistently been 1 of nan astir watched sports events successful nan United States, drafting successful millions of viewers each year. In 2023, complete 115 cardinal viewers tuned successful to watch nan Kansas City Chiefs' triumph complete nan Philadelphia Eagles.

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After first being discovered 50 years ago, nan state euphony icon has won 3 Grammy Awards, 19 Academy of Country Music Awards, 7 CMA Awards and 9 People's Choice Awards.

Here is her travel from tube racing successful Oklahoma to nan Super Bowl stage. 

McEntire grew up pinch her parents and 3 siblings connected her family's 8,000-square-foot ranch successful Oklahoma. She spent her puerility going to nan rodeo and watching her father, who was a world champion steer roper successful 1957, 1958 and 1961, compete. She moreover competed herself successful tube racing from nan property of 11 to 21.

According to her website, McEntire's mother, Jacqueline, had aspirations to go a state vocalist earlier pursuing a profession arsenic a schoolteacher. She would walk connected her philharmonic talents to her kids, school them really to harmonize. McEntire and her siblings formed The Singing McEntires.

As a band, nan siblings toured rodeos, creation halls and clubs.

"Because erstwhile we were rodeoing, we didn't person a radio. We didn't person an aerial conditioner. We hardly had an armrest. So, mama, to support america kids retired of trouble, we would sing. And mama taught america four-part harmony," she said successful a June 2022 section of nan "Biscuits & Jam" podcast. "Mama was a awesome singer; until nan time she died, she could sing." 

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The songstress was going to travel successful her mother's footsteps, getting a grade successful acquisition from Southeastern Oklahoma State University pinch a insignificant successful euphony earlier being discovered successful 1974.

In 1974, McEntire sang nan nationalist anthem astatine nan National Rodeo Finals successful Oklahoma City, catching nan oculus of vocalist Red Steagall, who was besides performing astatine nan event. Soon after, nan vocalist recovered herself signaling pinch Steagall successful Nashville, and he landed her a woody pinch Polygram Mercury Records successful November 1975.

"I knew thing astir nan euphony business, and I was really missing my rodeo family," McEntire told nan "Biscuits & Jam" podcast. She added that she was "wondering if I was going to beryllium torn distant from them completely."  

"I made a batch of excuses to stop. You know, 'I person to usage nan bathroom' aliases 'Can we get thing to drink?'. And finally, [her mother] sewage fed up pinch it, and she said, 'You know, Reba, if you don't want to do this, we don't person to do it. We tin conscionable move astir and spell home,'" she explained. 

"She said, 'But if you spell done pinch it, I conscionable want you to cognize that I'll beryllium surviving each my dreams done you.' I said, 'Well, shoot. Why didn't you opportunity that successful nan first place? Let's go.'"

McEntire struggled to find occurrence successful nan early days of her career, pinch her first 2 singles hardly cracking nan apical 100 and her first 3 albums not moreover charting. Her 4th medium peaked astatine No. 42, and her 5th reached No. 22 connected nan charts and featured her first 2 No. 1 hits, "Can’t Even Get nan Blues" and "You’re The First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving."

In nan years to come, she continued to merchandise deed aft hit. In 1984, she won her first CMA Award for female vocalist of nan year, going connected to triumph successful that class 3 much consecutive years. In 1986, she was named CMA's entertainer of nan twelvemonth and became a personnel of The Grand Ole Opry.

With much than 75 cardinal records sold worldwide and 25 No. 1 hits successful her career, McEntire is 1 of nan astir successful female state euphony artists of each clip and is simply a personnel of Country Music Hall of Fame and nan Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. She is 1 of only 4 entertainers successful history to person a National Artistic Achievement Award from Congress.

Some of her astir celebrated songs see "You Lie," "Rumor Has It," "Fancy," "The Night nan Lights Went Out In Georgia,""The Fear of Being Alone," "I’d Rather Ride Around With You," "Somebody," "Strange" and "Consider Me Gone."

After uncovering occurrence successful nan euphony industry, McEntire decided to effort retired acting, appearing successful "Tremors," "The Little Rascals," "The Man From Left Field" and "The Fox and nan Hound 2."

Following her Broadway debut playing Annie Oakley successful a 2001 accumulation of "Annie Get Your Gun," nan songstress began starring successful her ain sitcom, "Reba." The show ran for six seasons, coming to an extremity successful 2007. 

"The TV business changes truthful overmuch that sometimes reboots are hot, and past they’re not," McEntire told Deadline successful August 2022 astir a imaginable "Reba" reboot. "Plus, getting everyone scheduled together is besides hard. Steve Howie is very busy, and truthful is Joanna Garcia. Melissa [Peterman] is doing wonderful, and present we are making a movie together. I conjecture timing and schedule will dictate that successful nan future."

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She starred successful nan short-lived sitcom, "Malibu Country," later making appearances successful "Baby Daddy" and "Young Sheldon." 

Most recently, McEntire starred alongside her boyfriend, Rex Linn, successful nan past play of "Big Sky." 

"When Elwood Reid, nan showrunner, was Zooming pinch me, telling maine his thought for maine being connected nan show, he said, 'You're going to play a acheronian character. What do you deliberation astir that?' And Rex was sitting correct complete location astatine nan room table. He walked by, and he said, 'Elwood, that's perfect. That's precisely what she needs to beryllium doing,'" she told Entertainment Weekly successful September 2022.

"And Elwood said, 'Rex, well, she needs a hubby connected nan TV show,'" she continued. "It each worked retired for Rex and I to activity together. We've been having specified a bully clip connected it."

McEntire was first joined to rancher Charlie Battles, from 1976 to 1987. Two years aft they split, she joined Narvel Blackstock successful 1989.

During their marriage, Blackstock took complete arsenic her manager, later forming managing group Starstruck Entertainment, which has since grown to correspond Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Maggie Rose and others. The 2 were joined for 26 years earlier announcing their separation successful 2015, finalizing their divorcement successful October of that year.

Following her divorcement from Blackstock, McEntire took complete control of her business and career, saying it was past erstwhile she "started realizing really overmuch h2o cost, and nan electrical bill, and each nan things that was going connected successful my life."

"Everything that I was dealing pinch privately, personally — I had to tally it each done God," she said connected nan Apple Fitness+ Time to Walk acquisition successful October 2021. "I had to say, 'OK, large boy, I can't grip this. This is measurement complete my salary grade.I don't cognize what to do.' And I would wait, and He would guideline me. And so, without my faith, I person nary thought wherever I would beryllium aliases my profession would beryllium astatine this clip today."

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Together, they welcomed their boy Shelby, and McEntire became nan stepmother to Blackstock's 3 children, Chassidy, Shawna and Brandon. Brandon was joined to Kelly Clarkson from 2013 to 2021, making McEntire her mother-in-law for a short time.

After her two-year narration pinch photographer Anthony Lasuzzo ended successful 2019, McEntire began a relationship pinch Rex Linn in 2020. The 2 first met successful 1991 connected nan group of "The Gambler Returns: The Luck of nan Draw," and reconnected erstwhile she impermanent starred connected his show, "Young Sheldon."

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"It was a very typical relationship, america getting to cognize each different without immoderate beingness facet to it astatine all," McEntire said connected an October 2021 section of her podcast, "Living & Learning pinch Reba McEntire." 

"We'd talk successful nan morning. We started 'Coffee Camp' while I was staying successful Oklahoma. ... We haven't missed a 'coffee camp' since March 16."

"Coffee camp" is nan sanction nan mates gave their greeting java dates, whether they took spot successful personification together aliases complete nan phone.

Linn added, "I was successful California, she was successful Tennessee and sometimes my 'coffee camp' started astatine 3 a.m., but, man, I person ne'er missed one; I don't wanna miss one."