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Beyonce to Sing at Super Bowl

Singer joins lineup that includes Janet Jackson

January 7, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Beyonce Knowles is the latest name to be added to what will be a star-studded musical lineup for Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1st in her hometown of Houston, Texas.

Beyonce, 22, will sing the national anthem prior to kick off for the game. She joins a list of Super Bowl "Star Spangled Banner" interpreters that includes Garth Brooks, the Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Jewel and last year's performers, the Dixie Chicks.

So far, the only other performer confirmed for the event is Janet Jackson, who will sing at halftime, though additional musicians are expected to be announced throughout the month.

Super Bowl XXXVIII will be held at Reliant Stadium and televised on CBS.

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