We are just days away from Super Bowl 55 featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, and the league has finalized its choice for the National Anthem singer. The game will kickoff at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET and will be preceded by R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan and country singer Eric Church performing a duet of the Anthem. That will be preceded by. H.E.R. performing “America the Beautiful.” Warren “WAWA” Snipe will perform both songs in American Sign Language on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf.
Below is a rundown of each performer, courtesy of NFL PR.
About Jazmine Sullivan: Often cited as one of today’s most dynamic vocalists, Jazmine Sullivan’s 2008-debut album Fearless earned the Philadelphia native seven Grammy nominations including Best New Artist. Sullivan’s 2010 sophomore release, the critically acclaimed Love Me Back, which the Associated Press declared as “something amazing,” garnered her an eighth Grammy nomination for “Holding You Down (Goin’ In Circles).” In 2015, Sullivan’s third studio album, Reality Show, which included fan favorites “Let It Burn,” “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart, No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard Top 200. The album also received three Grammy nominations and appeared on numerous “Best of” lists, including NPR Music which proclaimed Jazmine “is blessed with a ninth-wonder-of-the-world voice: She sounds sly, raspy, nimble, battleship-sturdy, gospel-drenched, emotionally devastating.” Sullivan kicked off 2021 with Heaux Tales, her latest project that quickly became a cultural phenomenon upon its January 8 release, resulting in a #4 debut on the Billboard 200 chart.
About Eric Church: A seven-time ACM Award winner, four-time CMA Award winner, and 10-time GRAMMY nominee, Church has amassed a passionate fanbase around the globe known as the Church Choir as well as a critically acclaimed catalog of music. His most recent album, Desperate Man, earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album (his third nod in the category) and produced his most recent No. 1 hit, “Some Of It.” Previous releases include the Platinum-certified Sinners Like Me (“How ‘Bout You,” “Guys Like Me”), Carolina (“Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Love Your Love the Most”) and Mr. Misunderstood (“Record Year,” “Round Here Buzz”), the Double-Platinum certified The Outsiders (“Like a Wrecking Ball,” “Talladega”) and the 3x Platinum-certified Chief (“Springsteen,” “Drink In My Hand”), as well as 22 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum certified singles.
About H.E.R.: In a short period of time, H.E.R. has accrued over 8 billion combined audio and streams worldwide - and counting - of the breakthrough projects H.E.R. (RIAA-certified Platinum), I Used To Know Her, and hit singles including “Slide,” the powerful track and MTV Video Music Awards winning video “I Can’t Breathe” and her latest, “Damage.” Accumulating 13 Grammy nominations and 2 wins in just 3 years, H.E.R. has proven herself as an R&B force to be reckoned with. In 2019, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar) and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, among additional awards and accolades. H.E.R. and producer partner Live Nation Urban introduced Lights On Festival, the first female owned and curated R&B festival in decades.
About Warren “Wawa” Snipe: An acclaimed Deaf Recording Artist specializing in “Dip Hop” (Hip Hop through Deaf eyes), Wawa has been entertaining audiences since 2005 with critical reception and positive reviews. His unique rendering of Dip Hop explores Hip Hop through a mesmerizing blend of audio and imagery and seeks to put Deaf recording artists on the map in the mainstream public interest. In 2016, Wawa released an album, Deaf: So What?!, which was designed to showcase the appeal of music to all including those who are deaf. In addition, Wawa is a well-regarded actor and has had a recurring role in the Black Lightning TV series.