The usual bluster and bombast preceded the actual game at Super Bowl LV. There was poetry, appeals for activism, and, of course, a few songs, all packaged along with hours and hours of talking, talking, talking about the Big Game.
H.E.R. gave a stirring version of America the Beautiful to start the entertainment.
Poet laureate Amanda Gorman kicked things off in the pre-game.
Alicia Keyes gave an emotional rendition of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.”
Finally, Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan did a guitar and vocal duet on the Star-Spangled Banner.
For those who stuck around after all that, there was also a football game.