Melissa Etheridge to sing national anthem at New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship

Pop-rock singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge has once again declared Yes I Am, but this time it was to say that she will be singing the national anthem at Sunday’s AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Etheridge, 57, a Leavenworth, Kansas, native and a huge and long-time and long-suffering Chiefs fan, made the announcement Tuesday on her official Twitter page, where she posted a photo of herself at Arrowhead Stadium, the site of Sunday’s game.


Etheridge first performed the national anthem at Arrowhead Stadium during a regular season game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2017.


Etheridge, a former Long Beach resident who used to perform at the lesbian bar Que Sera and the queer club Executive Suite, publicly came out as a lesbian in 1993 and the release of her third album, “Yes I Am,” which has sold more than 6 million copies. That year also happens to be the last year the Chiefs won a playoff game.

Etheridge has had numerous smash singles, including the anthemic and confessional pop-rock songs “Ain’t It Heavy,” “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One.”


Etheridge also has been an LGBTQ activist since publicly coming out in 1993.

Etheridge has received 15 Grammy Award nominations and won twice, in 1993 and 1995. In 2007, Etheridge won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from the documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

In September 2011, Etheridge received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Etheridge is on the road for the 25th anniversary tour of “Yes I Am.”

Phillip Zonkel can be reached at 562-294-5996 or [email protected]

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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