Lady Antebellum Replaces Mary J. Blige in Singing National Anthem
Well, if you're a Mary J. Blige fan, it's bad news. But, then again, if you happen to be a Lady Antebellum fan, it's good news. The Grammy award winning country act will take over the duties prior to the Dallas Cowboys-New York Jets game Sunday night.
The front office for the Jets said the word came down from the NFL notifying them of the change. There was no further explanation other than the fact that Ms. Blige had what was called "a conflict."
This Sunday will be the day that the nation will observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. In light of that, the Jets have announced several different plans to help commemorate the event. Those events will take place before the game and at halftime.
For instance, each fan will be given an American flag as they enter MetLife Stadium Sunday night. Children of first responders will serve as honorary team captains and Bagpiper Corp representing the FDNY, NYPD and PAPD (Port Authority Police Department) will perform "Amazing Grace."
At halftime, Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro will narrate during a moment honoring family members of 9/11 victims. John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting will also perform an acoustic, piano version of "Superman (It's Not Easy)," which became an anthem for many after the terrorist attacks.
This Sunday is BOUND to be an emotional time for every American. The fact that the game is being played in New York makes it especially poignant. The NFL has plans to honor the victims and remember the attacks at all scheduled games Sunday, September 11, 2011.