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Jennifer Hudson’s pregame performance at the Super Bowl this Sunday will be extra special, as she is now being joined by 26 Sandy Hook Elementary School students.
The chorus students will join Hudson in singing “America the Beautiful,” according to USA Today. The NFL asked the students to perform just a little over a month after the tragic shooting of 20 children and six faculty members in the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The league has also commemorated the victims of the shooting by having the players wear “S.H.E.S.” stickers on their helmets, writing messages on their cleats and gloves and instituting moments of silence before games. In addition, the league donated to charitable organizations to help those affected by the tragedy.
This will be the second Super Bowl performance for the Grammy and Oscar Award winner. Her first performance was in 2009, when she sang the national anthem. This was also her first public appearance after the death of her mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.
Hudson posted this message on her Twitter regarding the announcement of her performance with the students:
I'm blessed & honored to be singing "America The Beautiful" with Sandy Hook elementary school chorus at the Super Bowl Sunday.
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) January 31, 2013
Super Bowl XLVII will air on CBS this Sunday, Feb. 3.