Kelly Clarkson took center field Sunday night (Feb 5) in Indianapolis, Indiana and performed the National Anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner”) during the opening game ceremony for Super Bowl XLVI.
“Just finished rehearsing the anthem in Indy … wow, I’m actually really nervous about singing at the Super Bowl ha!” Clarkson wrote on her WhoSay account before her big performance. “Here’s hoping I nail it and don’t screw it up!”
Fortunately for Clarkson, a two-time Grammy winner and the first American Idol winner, she didn’t screw it up, and in fact did a great job, tackling the song after “The Voice” host Blake Shelton and his wife, country singer Miranda Lambert‘s performance of “America the Beautiful.”
After the game, Kelly checked in with her fans again, writing:
“Guess what ….I’ve never been more nervous in my life than singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl tonight ….wow that was almost not fun I was so nervous! Fun night overall though! Thank you everybody for all of the nice things you’re saying about my performance! I really appreciate it :)”
Kelly Clarkson’s spot on performance comes a year after Christina Aguilera faced criticism after she flubbed the words to the “Star Spangled Banner” at last year’s Super Bowl.
Watch Kelly sing the “Star Spangled Banner” below: