The Latina power is going to be strong at the Super Bowl this year with Demi Lovato now set to perform the National Anthem during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, on Feb. 2. She joins JLo and Shakira who are performing the half-time show, the first time two Latinas headline the show.
The announcement comes two days after she revealed she’s performing at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. She hasn’t performed live since being hospitalized for a drug overdose in July 2018 and her last single, “Sober” was also released that year. The halftime show comes just days after the Grammys so she’s coming back strong with back to back performances on two of the most prominent stages and most-watched shows. No easy feat for someone who hasn’t performed in more than a year but this is clearly a choice to take on these stages with renewed strength following her recovery.
This isn’t the first time the singer has performed the notoriously difficult “Star-Spangled Banner” though. She performed her rendition during game four of the World Series in 2012 at Detroit’s Comerica Park and proved she’s got the vocals to do the song justice.
She also joins the ranks of Latinos/as who have performed the National Anthem during the Super Bowl including Christina Aguilera, whose vocals dominated like usual but is remembered more for botching the lyrics during Super Bowl XLV in 2011. Mariah Carey’s Super Bowl XXXVI 2002 performance of the National Anthem also came under fire when she admitted it was pre-recorded — though her vocals were as strong as ever. Other artists who have sung the anthem include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, the late Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, and Lady Gaga.
During her first major interview after the overdose, she spoke with Teen Vogue editor in chief Lindsay Peoples Wagner about self-love and taking her time to return to music. “Genuinely I just want people to remember that I’m a singer,” she said. “I think that a lot of the things I’ve been through kind of outshined my successes in the music industry or acting now. I just want people to remember that that’s what I want to give to the world so please focus on that and not the other things.”
With these two major performances, it looks like Demi is coming back full-force, taking these amazing opportunities to remind the world that she’s a talented artist first and foremost.
Super Bowl LIV, airs Sunday, Feb. 2. starting at 6:30 pm ET