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Samantha Highfill
January 30, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EST

Armed with only his trusty piano—and his equally trusty vocals—John Legend kicked off Super Bowl XLIX with an altogether fine rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

As the screen flashed to various American locales, from Grand Canyon National Park to the homes of both the Patriots and the Seahawks, Legend easily crooned his way through the beloved song. There wasn’t anything particularly noteworthy about the performance, but he sounded good, so there’s always that.

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