[Updated w/ Ratings] Country Stars Shine on Super Bowl, “The Voice”

Lambert and Shelton perform "America The Beautiful"

Updated [2:30 p.m.] Last night’s Super Bowl drew 111.3 million viewers to become the most-watched television program in U.S. history, according to fast national data released by Nielsen. Last year’s Super Bowl attracted 111.0 million viewers.

The season two premiere of The Voice that followed the Super Bowl averaged 37.6 million viewers overall.

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[Original post] Country stars shined on last night’s Super Bowl. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton opened the night on the field with a duet of “America The Beautiful.” Kelly Clarkson soared on the national anthem.

In a pre-taped performance segment, Faith Hill’s usual theme song for NBC Sunday Night Football was reworked specifically for the big game.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles recorded a new version of the Hank Williams classic “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” which was used in a spot for Pepsi MAX last night.

Following the Super Bowl, Shelton returned to the coach’s chair for the second season premiere of hit NBC show The Voice. Shelton was also featured along with his cohorts Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Cee-Lo Green for a Tarantino-spoofing Voice promo spot.

Shelton and Lambert’s version of “America The Beautiful” is available on iTunes.

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