Opera star Renee Fleming to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Singer Renee Fleming performs during the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse on Dec. 6, 2013, in Washington. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Opera star Renee Fleming is set to sing the national anthem at next month's Super Bowl.

The four-time Grammy winner will perform before the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Feb 2. Fleming is the first opera star to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. In recent years, it has been performed mainly by a mix of pop and country stars (including one who flubbed the lyrics).

Known as "The People's Diva," the soprano is closely identified with the New York City region, having spent years singing on such iconic stages as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Last year, she received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor the government gives to artists.

The Super Bowl's halftime show will be a bit more contemporary -- Bruno Mars will be taking the stage, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers



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