While scores of A-list celebrities will head to Las Vegas to sit ringside at Saturday’s historic Mayweather vs. McGregor bout, it’s pop singer Demi Lovato who will have the best seat in the house on fight night.
Tabbed to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” on August 26, just moments before Mayweather and McGregor throw down in “The Money Fight,” Lovato joins Jamie Foxx, Wyclef Jean, Monica, Tyrese Gibson, and Tank, as artists who have performed national anthems at Mayweather-headlined events.
A familiar face at many MMA fights, Lovato regularly trains at LA’s Unbreakable Performance Center, a high-end training facility owned by FOX broadcaster Jay Glazer. She’s also been linked, romantically, to former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Bellator welterweight Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos.
Lovato has made headlines with her performance of the national anthem before. The “Heart Attack” singer previously dazzled the crowd at Citi Field, nailing the Francis Scott Key-penned anthem ahead of Game 4 of the 2015 World Series.
There still remains no word on who will perform the Irish national anthem “Amhrán na bhFiann” (“The Soldier’s Song”) at the T-Mobile Arena on fight night. National anthems are rarely heard at MMA fights, although “The Notorious” has previously walked out to live music, when Sinead O’Connor performed “The Foggy Dew” as McGregor entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena for his first U.S. title fight at UFC 189.
In addition to Lovato, Las Vegas-based band The Killers have also added some musical muscle to the biggest sporting event of the year, filming a custom video for their single “The Man,” which includes highlight footage of both Mayweather and McGregor.
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