Jordin Sparks to host national anthem special on PBS

Jordin Sparks and John Lithgow are set to host a ceremony celebrating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.
By Danielle Haynes Follow @DanielleHaynes1 Contact the Author   |  Aug. 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM
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BALTIMORE, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Singer Jordin Sparks and actor John Lithgow are scheduled to co-host a television special celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

The two-hour special, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, will air 8 p.m. ET on PBS as part of the network's Great Performances series.

Also featured will be Smokey Robinson, Kristin Chenoweth, Little Big Town, Denyce Graves-Montgomery, Pentatonix, cast members from Stomp, Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Rogers, Train and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will be filmed at Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion, USA Today reported.

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