Super Bowl LI news: Luke Bryan to perform the national anthem

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It was noted that the pop singer Lady Gaga brought the house down when she sang the national anthem during the 50th National Football League (NFL) in 2016. This year, NFL chose a country music superstar to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” in Houston.

The Georgia-born country performer Luke Bryan was invited to sing the national anthem, and he said “Yes” without any second thoughts.

The country singer admitted that he wanted to serve in the military, but it didn’t happen, thus, his performance in Super Bowl LI would be a big deal for him as a way of depicting his patriotism.

“Is the anthem challenging? Yes. Is it nerve-wracking? Yes. I never served in the military that’s something I wish I had had the opportunity to do but I feel like this is my way of honoring my country. It’s a little chance to serve,” Bryan said in his recent interview with People.

The “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” singer also expressed his excitement on Instagram and Twitter about his upcoming performance.

Meanwhile, the “Born this Way” hitmaker Lady Gaga will return in Super Bowl LI for a halftime show.

In other news, USA TODAY reported that the Super Bowl ticket price has gone up. The current listing is $6,000 per ticket on the secondary market.

“At these supply levels, a Cowboys, Steelers and Packers appearance could have shot the market to a $10K average asking price. Historically, supply increases about 100 percent from Championship Sunday to peak supply, and it will be interesting to see how this year compares,” Ticket IQ spokesperson Jesse Lawrence informed USA TODAY Sports.

ESPN also confirmed stating that as of Sunday, Jan. 22, the tickets for sale on StubHub have ranged from $3,499 to $4,450. Someone even paid $83,521, including fees, for six front-row seats on the 30-yard line.

Super Bowl LI will be played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Sunday, Feb. 5, and FOX will provide the live telecast.