National Anthem: Brian McKnight
As an artist who needs no introduction, Brian McKnight has earned himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 13 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and he has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, song writer and producer, McKnight is also a multi-instrumentalist who plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, and trumpet.
McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra! And in 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He is also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show "Celebrity Apprentice" and is currently touring nationwide in the JeCaryous Johnson play "Cheaper to Keep Her" with Vivica A. Fox.
2011 will see the release of McKnight's 14th album, entitled "Just Me" along with a worldwide tour and live DVD.
Halftime: High School Spirit Explosion
Sunday marks the 8th annual High School Spirit Explosion halftime performance. This program offers an opportunity for 400 high school students to learn and perform alongside The Raiderettes during The Oakland Raiders halftime festivities.
With only four hours to rehearse, the young cheerleaders learn new steps and dance routines rather quickly, giving them the true gameday experience of a professional cheerleader.