Jazmine Sullivan and Eric Church got Sunday’s Super Bowl 55 off to a low-key start. The unlikely duo performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the top of the game, which pits the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wearing a purple jacket and playing guitar, Church began the anthem solo, quietly singing with his soulful twang. The song really took off when Sullivan, looking stunning in a jeweled headpiece and cream-colored pantsuit, joined in, effortlessly harmonizing with Church and showing off her stunning vocal range.

The performance belonged to Sullivan, whose powerful and passionate delivery outshone the more subdued Church. It called to mind the 2006 game, the last Super Bowl to feature two artists duetting on the anthem: Aretha Franklin and Aaron Neville. The legendary Franklin was somewhat mismatched with Neville, whose lethargic presence and feathery vocals never quite gelled with Franklin’s mighty voice.

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