Students from Sandy Hook Elementary, wearing white polos with their school logo and green ribbons, sang "America the Beautiful" to open the Super Bowl, along with Jennifer Hudson.
As Hudson began to sing the students started swaying:
And despite some pre-game controversy, the performance was undeniably emotional:
Sandy Hook Elementary Chorus and Jennifer Hudson bring lots of tears and lots of applause out of fans, + media, during pregame performance.— NYT Sports Live (@NYTSportsLive) February 3, 2013
The Sandy Hook Elementary Choir already won Super Bowl MVP. What a moment.— ESPN (@espn) February 3, 2013
It's football. But I just cried. #sandyhook— Brian Baumgartner (@BBBaumgartner) February 3, 2013
And now your pre-kickoff cry, brought to you by the Sandy Hook Children's Chorus and Hyundai (hot sauce!)— Jessica Coen (@jessicacoen) February 3, 2013
Before the performance the students were reportedly getting excited :
Sandy Hook kids high-fiving each other and parents, getting pumped up for their performance coming up here.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) February 3, 2013
Earlier Sunday, Hudson tweeted:
Such a privilege to be performing w the Sandy Hook elementary chorus at the #SuperBowl today. We go on just before kick off!— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) February 3, 2013
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