This year, the NFL is throwing a whole lot of girl power into the Super Bowl, signing up No Doubt, Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks to perform during the live TV broadcast.
Easily one of the most high-profile gigs an artist can land, this year's Super Bowl is expected to draw an audience of 130 million viewers in the U.S. and 800 million viewers worldwide. To kick off the game, the Dixie Chicks will join the ranks of Whitney Houston, Jewel, the Backstreet Boys and last year's singer, Mariah Carey, to sing the national anthem.
"Anyone who tells you there's no pressure to sing the national anthem live to one of the biggest television audiences on the planet is not telling the truth," Dixie Chick Emily Robison said in a statement released Wednesday (January 8). "Sure, I'm a little nervous, but we're all also very excited and honored."
"It will be the first appearance we've done since Emily had her baby in November," Dixie Chick Martie Maguire pointed out in the statement. "With Emily's new baby and Natalie [Maine]'s toddler, our biggest challenge for this event might be trying to find good babysitters on Super Bowl Sunday!"
The NFL also announced earlier this week that Twain would be one of the performers for this year's halftime show, which will again be produced by Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine and director-producer Joel Gallen, whose credits include the telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes," "Not Another Teen Movie" and numerous MTV Video Music Awards shows. Gallen's Tenth Planet Productions said No Doubt will also perform at halftime, while the NFL announced on Thursday that Celine Dion will be on hand to perform "God Bless America" before the game.
Super Bowl XXXVII will take place January 26 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, and will air live on ABC at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET.