Which Country Star Should Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
It has been a remarkable 15 years since a country artist performed during the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
More than a handful of the genre's biggest acts have had the honor of the National Anthem — Luke Bryan (2017), Charley Pride (1974), Garth Brooks (1993), Faith Hill (2000), the Dixie Chicks (2004) and Carrie Underwood (2010), to name a few — and Hill sang "America, the Beautiful" in 2009, as did Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in 2012. However, with such a huge country music fanbase in the U.S., it is hard to fathom why a country artist hasn't commanded the field for the halftime concert in nearly two decades.
Shania Twain was the last country artist to perform the halftime show, and she did so in 2003. For her big gig, she sang "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" and "Up!" during a set that also featured No Doubt and Sting. Before that, in 1990, Doug Kershaw was part of a halftime lineup that included Pete Fountain, Irma Thomas, the Nicholls State University marching band, the Southern University marching band and the USL marching band. Four years later, in 1994, the halftime show went country once again with Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and the Judds, who performed "Tuckered Out," "It's a Little Too Late," "T-R-O-U-B-L-E," "No One Else on Earth" and "Love Can Build a Bridge."
While Justin Timberlake is set to take the Super Bowl halftime stage in 2018 and we're hoping for an appearance from Chris Stapleton, it got us thinking: which country artists could command a halftime show of their own? We want to know what you think! Take the poll below to let us know who you think can rock the famed halftime performance.
Sam Hunt is an act with cross-genre appeal who would bring the stadium to its feet with energetic hits like "Body Like a Back Road" and "House Party," while Kenny Chesney would bring a much-needed summer vibe to a winter football game. Underwood definitely has the 'in' with the NFL, and we know she has the pipes, while Florida Georgia Line's lengthy catalog includes a lot of collaborators they could call on, like the Backstreet Boys, Tim McGraw, Nelly, Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld, Alesso and the Chainsmokers. And then, of course, there's the legendary Garth Brooks who needs no introduction.
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