Even if the big game leaves some fans bitter, at least the musical component is sounding sweet.
Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony are the latest artists slated to perform at Super Bowl XXXVI, taking place February 3 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. The pair will deliver a patriotic duet of "America the Beautiful," backed by the Boston Pops, during the pre-game festivities, according to a spokesperson for Anthony.
Following their set, Mariah Carey will kick things off before the ball ever leaves the tee with her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," also accompanied by the Pops (see "Mariah To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl XXXVI"). As the teams leave the field at halftime, U2 will take to the gridiron for a brief set (see "U2 To Elevate Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show").
Neither Blige nor Anthony are strangers to sporting events. The queen of hip-hop soul performed at Super Bowl XXXV, along with Aerosmith, 'NSYNC, Nelly and Britney Spears. Meanwhile, Marc Anthony will appear before an international array of athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in February (see "Creed 'NSYNC, Dave Matthews Band, More Set For Olympic Concert Series").