Apparently, America has forgiven Beyoncé Knowles for her Independence Day shimmy at Grant's Tomb. The National Football League announced Tuesday that the Bootylicious One will sing the national anthem before the Super Bowl, which will be broadcast on CBS on Feb. 1 from Beyoncé's hometown of Houston. The singer, who is up for six Grammys the following Sunday, follows in the footsteps of such pre-game warblers as the Dixie Chicks (2003), Mariah Carey (2002), the Backstreet Boys (2001), and Faith Hill (2000). As previously announced, Janet Jackson will headline the halftime show.
The Destiny's Child frontwoman took some flak for her last patriotic musical performance, televised last July 4 from President Ulysses S. Grant's final resting place in upper Manhattan. The monument's chief caretaker wrote angry letters to NBC, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, complaining that the singer's ''lascivious choreography'' and scantily clad dancers were ''patently inappropriate'' for the location. Fortunately for Beyoncé, lascivious choreography and scantily clad dancers are perfectly appropriate at the Super Bowl.