Tomorrow (2/7) is Super Bowl LV. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be facing off at 5:30 p.m. CT.
However, sometimes the Super Bowl does more than just attract fans of football. As one of the most popular televised sporting events of the year, it also attracts some pretty interesting advertisers.
Many people tune in just to watch the commercials during the Super Bowl, which feel like a show on their own.
Over the years several country music artists have appeared as the star of Super Bowl commercials. Anyone from Willie Nelson to Tim McGraw to Carrie Underwood have all entered the world of advertisement.
While it’s funny to see stars in short commercials, sometimes they’re more awkward than anything else.
Country Music Stars in Ads
For example, in 2008 Carrie Underwood starred in a Vitamin Water commercial where she sings to a horse. The water seems to bring out a horse-whispering side to Underwood.
In 2004, Willie Nelson was in an H&R Block commercial. He was featured holding a doll that looked like him that would give advice. It was cheesy, but many fans would probably kill to get their hands on a Willie Nelson doll that talks to them. Relive the hilarious ad here.
Maybe one of the funniest commercials featuring a country music star was with the “I Like It, I Love It” singer, Tim McGraw. Or as many Bud Light fans might refer to him, “Faith Hill’s husband.”
In the ad, McGraw bellies up to a bar to order a drink. The bartender recognizes his face and signature cowboy hat, but it’s not for the reason you’d think. They’re all just massive fans of Bud Light and his country superstar wife.
Reba McEntire’s Hilarious Fritos Ad
Reba McEntire used her superstar performance skills to wow her way to a bag of Fritos in 1995. In the ad, McEntire walks up to a convenience store. The elderly man working there is closing up shop when Reba approaches asking for a bag of Fritos.
The convenience store worker voices his doubt that she’s the actual Reba. In glorious fashion, McEntire performs a small, concert-like show. She wows the older man until he eventually gives her the Fritos and dip saying, “You seem like a nice girl…but you’re no Reba.”
Blake Shelton Picks Up His Underwear
Blake Shelton was the face of Gildan in 2015. He went to pick up his (extra large) pair of underwear from the dry cleaners. As he was walking out an old lady said, “I’d like to see him model them.”
While not many people would go to the dry cleaners to get one pair of underwear cleaned, Shelton clearly would.
Kenny Rogers ‘The Gambler’ Geico Commercial
One of the most popular Super Bowl country star appearances was with Kenny Rogers in 2014 for Geico. One man states that playing cards with Kenny Rogers can get old really face. The screen switches to Rogers singing his song “The Gambler.” He starts by singing, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em” while a group of men stares at him.
Geico tends to be a fan-favorite when it comes to Super Bowl ads and the Rogers ad certainly didn’t let fans down. While his method of playing cards can get old fast, Rogers does not.
Super Bowl LV: Dolly Parton’s Reimagined ‘9 to 5’
While Dolly Parton won’t be in an ad herself, her voice will be. An ad for Squarespace will be giving her song “9 to 5” a makeover. The song is instead called “5 to 9” to encourage entrepreneurs to pursue their passions.
Parton is singing new lyrics that are meant to motivate people to work hard and fight for what they want. It is just another reason to love Dolly Parton.
Other stars like Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Michael B. Jordan, Serena Williams, and Don Cheadle are also going to be people to see in between watching football on Sunday.
Super Bowl Ads: What Fans Won’t and Will Be Seeing This Year
According to The Hill, Anheuser-Busch will not be releasing a Budweiser Super Bowl ad for the first time in 37 years.
Instead, the brand has decided to focus its efforts on raising awareness for the coronavirus vaccination by donating $1 million to educational work being done by Ad Council.
The company will also be donating part of its advertising airtime to COVID Collaborative’s Vaccine Education Initiative.