Luke Bryan isn't taking his preparation for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at this year's Super Bowl lightly.
The 40-year-old country star opened up about his upcoming big moment during an NFL press conference on Thursday, and had nothing but praise for Lady Gaga, who sang last year's well-received national anthem. Gaga is now headlining the Super Bowl halftime show.
"I think she did an amazing job last year, and through this process, I've kinda gone back through the years and watched how people approached the anthem, and just tried to figure out in my mind how I wanted to approach it," Bryan told ET's Kevin Frazier. "I think it's just about ... you know, last year she put her stamp on it, which was amazing, and it's a big moment for me, and I'm excited to get out there and hopefully put my stamp on it."
"I didn't realize it had been a while since there had been a man singing the national anthem until you find out that you're doing it, and then they start running all the stories about it," he added.
During the press conference, the "Country Girl" singer said he'll be playing the experience by ear, and admitted to having some nerves.
"I'm gonna walk out there and kind of follow my heart, and follow the vibe of the room, and so there's no telling how long it will go," he shared. "I may get out there and go, 'I'm about to pass out and I need to get this thing over quick,' or I may go out there and feel really, really good in the moment and try to milk it a little bit."
The significance of the moment isn't lost on Bryan.
"It'll certainly be a highlight of my career and my entertainment life, to be able to walk out there and hopefully perform the anthem in the way I've always dreamed I would do it, and to know there are 100-plus million people around the world watching that happen," he said. "I think it's more important for me to focus on being in the stadium and feeding off the energy of that, and not think about cameras in my face, cameras recording me and it going out all over the globe, and just trying to get wrapped up in the moment there. If I do that, I think it'll translate on camera, and people will hopefully enjoy my rendition of it."
And who is Bryan rooting for to win the big game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots? The answer isn’t surprising given that he was raised in Georgia.
"I have to let it be known that in most years I could kinda be pretty neutral on who's gonna win the Super Bowl -- you’re always gonna get some flak from your fans," he explained. "But I grew up in Georgia so I definitely gotta pull for my Falcons, my dirty birds."
When it comes to Gaga, fans can be assured she's also working hard to give a killer performance. Last month, she built an entire dance floor in her backyard specifically for Super Bowl rehearsals.