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It’s “America the Beautiful,” but with a twist.
During Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII pre-game festivities, Post Malone performed a mellow, acoustic performance Interpretation of “America the Beautiful”.
Wearing a brown blazer and light-wash jeans, the rapper and singer sang the lyrics of the iconic anthem in a melodic tone. Malone sang through his guitars and showed off his vocal range while also strumming his guitar. During his performance, cameras panned to Taylor Swift hugging Blake Lively in one of the $2.5 million luxury suites at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Malone teased the appearance in an interview a few days before the Big Game billboardHe says he often sings it “at the top of his lungs.”
“In my most patriotic moments, I sing it all the time, completely at random. It’s a song that I always have in the back of my mind and when I’m playing games or just walking around, I sing it at the top of my heart,” he said. “So I’m very excited – and I’m definitely not nervous at all to sing it in front of millions of people at the Super Bowl.”
The singer revealed he worked with fellow singer Louis Bell to tweak the patriotic classic. “I’m just going to sing my heart out as best I can and give love to America, no matter how fucked up it is [this song] deserved,” he added. Post’s performance was accompanied by model dancer Anjel Piñero in American Sign Language.
Malone will also appear in a Super Bowl commercial for Bud Light during Sunday’s game, appearing alongside Peyton Manning.
While the Texas native is a Cowboys fan, Malone is expected to root for the Chiefs. He once revealed that he got Travis Kelce’s autograph tattooed on his arm after losing a beer pong bet to the Kansas City tight end.
Post is one of three performers for the audition, along with Reba McEntire, who will sing the national anthem, and Andra Day, who performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The Super Bowl officially added “America the Beautiful” to the pregame section of the football game starting in 2009.
Babyface sang “America the Beautiful” last year, while Jhené Aiko did so the year before.