Super Bowl 2024 national anthem odds: How long will Reba McEntire sing? – The Athletic

Hannah VanbiberFeb 11, 2024

The national anthem is an enduring game-day ritual across sports and the world – and at the Super Bowl in particular, the anthem gets a lot of attention. Odds are if your Super Bowl watch party has a party props sheet, the length of the national anthem is on it. This year, the Queen of Country herself, Reba McEntire will sing the anthem before the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers kick off.

She’s not the only one singing before kickoff. Rapper and singer Post Malone will sing “America the Beautiful” and R&B singer and actress Andra Day will perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” popularly known as the Black national anthem.

So, how long will Reba go?

Length of national anthem

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BetMGM set the total at 90.5 seconds or just more than a minute and a half. Last year’s national anthem, sung by a fellow country music star, Chris Stapleton, clocked in at two minutes and one second. We didn’t have a lot of data to go on with Stapleton, who hadn’t sung the national anthem in a public setting.

Reba, on the other hand, has quite a storied history of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” She told “CBS Mornings” that her first experience singing the anthem was in 1974 at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City, where she performed the national anthem for a decade.

Through the years, she’s performed the anthem at events like the 1997 World Series, a 1997 Dallas Cowboys game and the 2017 Celebrity of Hope Softball Game. She went almost exactly one minute and 20 seconds in two of those. She went a little longer in the Cowboys game at one minute and 30 seconds, right around the current over/under.

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In all three of these examples, she sang a cappella. At the Super Bowl, singers are usually accompanied by a band or, in the case of Stapleton, his own guitar accompaniment. BetMGM’s house rules state that the length of the anthem for betting purposes is from “first word sung to last word sung.” However, if Reba sings with accompaniment, the total time could be longer than her cappella renditions if the instruments take any time for an interlude in the middle.

In the history of Super Bowl national anthems since 1990, 14 singers have gone two minutes or longer, with more recent years trending up. In the past 10 years, only three have gone under two minutes: Pink in 2018, Demi Lovato in 2020 and Mickey Guyton in 2022. The rest have all surpassed the two-minute mark.

After initially picking the under, I’ve changed to go with the over on this one due to the house rules of the clock starting when she starts singing but also including any instrumental interludes. I think it will be close. Reba does love to add some flair and vocal acrobatics. A few comparable singers in past years, like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, were on the shorter end, but still went over a minute and thirty.

Super Bowl national anthem history

YEAR SINGER BETTING LINE ACTUAL TIME Over/Under
2023 Chris Stapleton 2:05 2:01 Under
2022 Mickey Guyton 1:39 1:51 Over
2021 Jazmine Sullivan & Eric Church 1:59 2:17 Over
2020 Demi Lovato 1:55 1:49 Under
2019 Gladys Knight 1:47 2:01 Over
2018 Pink 2:00 1:52 Under
2017 Luke Bryan 2:09 2:04 Under
2016 Lady Gaga 2:22 2:23 Over
2015 Idina Menzel 2:02 2:04 Over
2014 Renée Fleming 2:23 2:03 Under
2013 Alicia Keys 2:15 2:36 Over
2012 Kelly Clarkson 1:34 1:34 Push
2011 Christina Aguilera 1:54 1:53 Under
2010 Carrie Underwood 1:41 1:47 Over
2009 Jennifer Hudson 2:04 2:10 Over
2008 Jordin Sparks 1:47 1:54 Over
2007 Billy Joel 1:44 1:30 Under
2006 Aaron Neville, Aretha Franklin N/A 2:09 N/A
2005 U.S. military choirs N/A 1:53 N/A
2004 Beyoncé N/A 2:09 N/A
2003 Dixie Chicks N/A 1:33 N/A
2002 Mariah Carey N/A 1:56 N/A
2001 Backstreet Boys N/A 1:49 N/A
2000 Faith Hill N/A 2:00 N/A
1999 Cher N/A 1:55 N/A
1998 Jewel N/A 1:27 N/A
1997 Luther Vandross N/A 1:53 N/A
1996 Vanessa Williams N/A 1:35 N/A
1995 Kathie Lee Gifford N/A 1:40 N/A
1994 Natalie Cole N/A 2:33 N/A
1993 Garth Brooks N/A 1:45 N/A
1992 Harry Connick Jr. N/A 2:06 N/A
1991 Whitney Houston N/A 1:56 N/A
1990 Aaron Neville N/A 1:25 N/A

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Hannah Vanbiber is a staff editor for sports betting at The Athletic. Hannah previously wrote for Gaming Today, New York Sports Day, Rocky Top Insider, MLIVE, and other sports betting outlets as a freelance writer. She started her journalism career in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as a reporter and editor covering local sports. Follow Hannah on Twitter @HannahVanbiber

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