We all know the Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the season and in 2013, Beyonce’s halftime show will be the thing to watch. This year the game takes place in the Big Easy-New Orleans and the game will be nothing compared to the show being put on by organizers, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.

Super Bowl XLVIIL (that’s 47) is taking place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a first for the city of New Orleans after the devastation it suffered in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Photo: Super Bowl XLVII (credit CBSSportspub.com)

Photo: Super Bowl XLVII
(credit CBSSportspub.com)

The city has been putting on a week long list of events to culminate in the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, the two best teams in the National Football League for this year.

So let’s see who will be in this star studded series of events. For starters, Beyonce is performing at the half time show. She has been in the news lately, due to some controversy surrounding her singing, or lip-syncing, during the Presidential Inauguration earlier in the month.

“I will absolutely be singing live,” she said at her press conference. “This is what I was born to do…. I’ve had a 16-year career. All of the things that I’ve done have prepared me for this. So I’m ready.” Beyonce unexpectedly made an a capella rendition of the National Anthem for the reporters assembled, after which she asked, ‘Any questions?’ in obvious reference to all the buzz about the inauguration performance.


Video: Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Show Rehearsal

Some of the planned performances during the week include, Justin Timberlake, who will perform live for the first time in four years, will also be part of the line up, as well as Stevie Wonder, Cee Lo Green and Goodie Mob, Rascal Flatts and Journey, will all be part of the weekly events planned.

“The Super Bowl has become such a big event in itself. So many people come from everywhere, looking to not only be a part of the Super Bowl but also the festivities leading up to the game,” said CeeLo, who is performing at ESPN’s Next event. “There’s so much to do, from parties, concerts and events.” (Yahoo News)

One Republic and Matchbox Twenty will perform as part of the pregame show, as will Jennifer Hudson, who will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing America the Beautiful. The chorus features 26 children from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT where 20 first graders and six adults were killed last December, when a gunman stormed the school.

Alicia Keys is set to sing the National Anthem. Hopefully no lip-syncing on her part.

CBS live coverage begins at 2pm ET for the pregame show, kick off is at 6:30pm ET.