After a three-month promotion, two performers have been selected by fans to sing the national anthem at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The Wrangler NFR will kick off on Thursday, Dec. 2 and run through Saturday, Dec. 11.
The Wrangler NFR National Anthem Contest launched on Aug. 2. All entries had to be submitted by Aug. 23. Entries were received from 26 states. From there, an initial fan vote narrowed the list to the Top 30 and a panel of judges narrowed the list to the Top 8 for further open voting. From Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, fans voted on their selection of choice among the final eight entries.
The 2021 winners were Candace Muir and Layne Beasley. Muir will perform on Dec. 7, while Beasley will appear on Dec. 10.
The full list of anthem performers include:
Thursday, Dec. 2 – Drake Milligan
Friday, Dec. 3 – Jenna LaMaster
Saturday, Dec. 4 – Little Big Town
Sunday, Dec. 5 – Wyatt McCubbin
Monday, Dec. 6 – William Michael Morgan
Tuesday, Dec. 7 – Candace Muir
Wednesday, Dec. 8 – John Wayne Schulz
Thursday, Dec. 9 – Jaida Dreyer (Canadian anthem); Tyler Booth
Friday, Dec. 10 – Layne Beasley (contest winner)
Saturday, Dec. 11 – Kylie Frey