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5 Things to Know About Mickey Guyton, The Rising Country Star Performing at This Year’s Super Bowl

She'll be singing the National Anthem

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Mickey Guyton, photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MRC
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    On Sunday, February 13th, Mickey Guyton will ring in the 56th Super Bowl by singing the country’s National Anthem. She’ll also perform during the Super Bowl Music Fest on February 11th alongside stars like Miley Cyrus, Green Day and Halsey.

    But who is the country/R&B artist with this one-way ticket to household name status? Before Guyton sings the Star-Spangled Banner, familiarize yourself with some highlights that prove she’s a star herself.

    Here are five things to know.


    1. The country artist made her debut in 2015.

    Guyton shared her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” in January 2015. The breezy empowerment anthem became a runaway country hit, reaching 34 on the US Country Airplay chart and nabbed her nomination for an Academy of Country Music Award. But despite her moderate success, she found that the mainstream country world wasn’t as welcoming to her as she might’ve hoped.

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    2. Guyton’s single “Black Like Me” propelled her to the mainstream.

    In 2020, Guyton’s career found a major resurgence with the release of “Black Like Me,” inspired by her experience as a Black woman in America. Released in close tandem with the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement, the twangy ballad was largely ignored by major country radio stations, but it eventually found its way to an audience that appreciated that it challenged the typical white-male country hits. It earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance.

    3. Guyton hosted and performed at the 56th annual ACM Awards.

    She co-hosted the 2021 Academy Of Country Music Awards alongside Keith Urban, becoming the first Black woman to host the awards show.

    4. She has one studio full-length under her belt.

    Guyton’s long-awaited debut album, Remember Her Name, arrived last September. “I wanted to make an album that, foremost, I alone would be proud of, then I would be proud to press play for my child to hear one day,” Guyton said in an interview with CMT. “Second, I wanted every word of every song that I wrote to reflect me honestly. Until working on this album, I’d done my music career everyone’s way except for my way.”

    5. She’s Grammy Award-nominated.

    Guyton is currently up for three Grammy awards: Best Country Album (Remember Her Name), Best Country Song, and Best Solo Country Performance (“Remember Her Name”).

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    Tune into Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, February 13th on NBC.

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