Super Bowl Performers 2013: Expectations for Musical Guests at Big Game

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 31:  Beyonce speaks onstage at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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People around the world will tune in to watch Super Bowl XLVII. Though the battle between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers will be a great game, there are other events worth watching as well.

As the Super Bowl has grown in popularity, the viewing experience has become bigger than just football. Fans love watching the commercials, as well as the memorable performances by some of the top musical artists in the world.

This year should include some great performances, as the league secured some big-name talent that should excite fans throughout the day.


Pregame Show: Jennifer Hudson

The singer with one of the most powerful voices around will help create one of the more emotional moments you'll see on Sunday.

Jennifer Hudson will team up with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus to sing "America the Beautiful," according to Emily Helwig of the Hollywood Reporter. The school was home to one of the most devastating shootings in the country's history in December.

While the Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winner would provide a great performance by herself, the children will make it into quite a scene leading up to the game.

This could lead to Ray Lewis not being the only one in attendance crying on Sunday.


National Anthem: Alicia Keys

When Alicia Keys was selected to sing the national anthem, the only reaction was wondering why it took so long.

The R&B singer has won multiple Grammy awards and has become one of the most popular artists in the world.

However, she does need to be careful. Christina Aguilera received a lot of criticism for messing up a line of the Star Spangled Banner in 2011. According to MSN Entertainment (via WENN), Keys said that her performance will have a little twist and that it will be "a brand new song in the style that I'll deliver it."

She should be careful when tinkering with something that has stood the test of time, but it could end up being a great show.


Halftime Show: Beyonce

Since the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction," the NFL has mostly stuck with more established performers for the halftime show in an effort to keep it safe. However, Beyonce is a nice change of pace that could keep the younger crowd excited throughout. She is one of the top performers of the world today and has enough hits to please anyone watching.

An even more exciting development is that her former band, Destiny's Child, will reportedly reunite on stage for the first time in six years, according to Us Weekly.

It is also possible that her husband, Jay-Z, could join her during the show, which would undoubtedly bring down the house.

Although the Black Eyed Peas did not get great reviews for their show a few years ago, Beyonce should be a better representation of the current music scene and should put together a fantastic performance.