Reba: Who She’s Cheering For At Super Bowl LVIII
Reba McEntire is set to perform the National Anthem before Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. The Super Bowl will take place at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday, February 11, and will air on CBS.
Reba told us this week that performing at a football game is nothing new. She said, “I’ve always liked football, even in high school. As the Singing McEntires and being a part of the Kiowa High School Cowboy Band in Kiowa, Oklahoma, where I went to school for 12 years, we were part of the halftime entertainment there at the school. We’d pull the trailer out and play at halftime for our football games.”
She added, “My boyfriend, Rex Linn, absolutely loves college football. I really get into that and cheer for the Longhorns in Austin, Texas. And now, getting to sing at the Super Bowl, I think Rex was more excited than I was if that’s at all possible. I’m a huge fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, so I will be cheering them on at the Super Bowl.”
Reba chatted with CBS Mornings to talk about her latest moment in the national spotlight with Gayle King. Gayle told the country icon what a big deal it was to sing at the Super Bowl. She asked how one gets to sing at the Super Bowl. She said, “I got the news from my manager, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, let me think about it.’ And my boyfriend Rex (Linn), a huge football fan, said, ‘Yes, she’ll do it. Absolutely.'”
When asked how you get ready for a big gig like that, Reba said, “You just warm up like you do a concert and sing it five or six times and just do it.”
The performance will mark a full-circle moment for Reba. She was discovered 50 years ago singing the National Anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma.
Reba told us, “I’m honored to be part of something as big and historic as the Super Bowl coming to Las Vegas for the first time. 2024 marks 50 years since I was discovered singing the National Anthem at the National Finals Rodeo. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate that anniversary.”
Along with Reba, pre-game talent for the Super Bowl includes Post Malone and Andra Day, with Usher performing at halftime.