The former LSU student returned home to represent her state, her country, and her beloved Tigers.
Lauren Daigle Sings National Anthem
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Fans clad in variations of orange and regalia, purple and gold, and lots and lots of tiger stripes filled the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to capacity Monday night buzzing with excitement for the College Football National Championship. The anticipation of the ultimate contest of the best of the best in college football was palatable inside the Dome. Fans of both LSU and Clemson filed to their seats and then obeyed the command on the loudspeaker to "please stand for the singing of our National Anthem."

All eyes focused down to the turf as a petite woman dressed in a dusty rose plaid jacket and matching pants stepped up to the podium in front of that sold out crowd. Lauren Daigle is now a two-time Grammy award-winning contemporary Christian singer. She’s also won a slew of other awards including Billboard Music Awards, Dove Awards, and American Music Awards. But Monday night, she was first, a daughter of the state of Louisiana and the honor to sing the National Anthem in her home state, in front of her home team, clearly was as big a prize as any statue. Daigle sent a statement to Southern Living just hours before the big performance.

“LSU is in my blood. To be singing the national anthem in my home state as my Tigers take the field for the CFP National Championship Game is unreal! Worlds are colliding and I can’t wait perform before kick-off, because I’ll probably lose my voice cheering on my guys. Let’s GEAUX!!!”

Southern Living was present in the stadium last night and can report that Daigle did not disappoint that largely hometown crowd. The Lafayette, Louisiana native’s rendition was soulful, powerful, and perfect. Daigle’s gravely, bluesy voice captivated the crowd and briefly united the two legions of Tigers fans. Watch for yourself below:

It could be said that Daigle set the tone for the night because her beloved LSU Tigers went on to defeat Clemson, 42-25.

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As the purple and gold confetti filled the stadium, Daigle took to her Instagram stories to document the moment, gleefully declaring, “This is the best day of my life!”