NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Grammy-winning country group Lady Antebellum will replace Mary J. Blige and sing the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys-New York Jets game Sunday night.

In a release Thursday, the Jets said the NFL informed them of the change because Blige had “a conflict.”

The team announced earlier this week several plans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks before the game and at halftime.

Highlights include:

– Fans will receive an American flag as they enter MetLife Stadium on Sunday night, and children of first responders will serve as honorary team captains.

– Bagpipers representing the FDNY, NYPD and PAPD will perform “Amazing Grace.”

– At halftime, Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro will narrate during a moment honoring family members of 9/11 victims.

– John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting will also perform an acoustic, piano version of “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” which became an anthem for many after the terrorist attacks.

Are you disappointed that Blige won’t be performing? Be heard in the comments below…

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Comments (2)
  1. Marian Cook says:

    Thank goodness Mary J. had a conflict. A True Patriotic American band will be singing it and millions will hear how it should be sung. Way to go Lady A!!!!

  2. Genie. says:

    Scheduling Conflicts arise.
    That’s why they coined the phrase.

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