The usual bluster and bombardment preceded the actual match at Super Bowl LV. There was poetry, calls for activism, and of course a few songs, all accompanied by hours and hours of talking, talking, talking about the Big Game.
SHE gave a moving version of America the beautiful to start the entertainment.
Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman kicked things off in the pre-game.
Alicia Keyes gave a moving rendition of the black national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”.
Finally, Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan did a guitar and vocals duet on Star-Spangled Banner.
For those who stayed after all this, there was also a football game.