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Pink will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

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Singer Pink will sing the national anthem the National Football League’s (NFL) upcoming Super Bowl LII, according to The Star Tribune.

The Tribune on Monday reported that the NFL and NBC Television announced that the pop star will kick off the sporting event at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4.

Pink has a concert scheduled for Feb 2 at the nearby Minneapolis Armory in connection with the big game.

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The musician posted a cryptic tweet last week seemingly teasing a major announcement about the new year.

“[I’m] really looking forward to 2018,” she wrote. “I’m really excited about the Grammy’s. Tour. Some other stuff that’s a secret still and I can’t wait until it’s not a secret.”

Variety on Monday reported that “Beautiful Trauma,” Pink’s seventh studio album, came out last October.

“What About Us,” the record’s first single, has since earned Pink a 2018 Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance.

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Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” world tour is slated to launch on March 1 in Phoenix after the Super Bowl.

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The NFL announced last month that pop singer Justin Timberlake will headline the halftime show of this year’s contest.

The football league’s playoffs are ongoing, and eight teams remain in the mix for the hotly-anticipated national championship game.

The New Orleans Saints, the Minnesota Vikings, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Atlanta Falcons, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers are all in contention for a spot.

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The Tennessee Titans are also in the running, and their next matchup is with the New England Patriots, who bested the Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI last year.

The NFL faced recurring controversy in 2017 over the national anthem after President Trump criticized players who kneel during the song.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in 2016 to protest America’s racial injustice and police brutality.

Scores of NFL players emulated Kaepernick last year, leading Trump to repeatedly criticize the league’s handling of the demonstrations.

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