Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School and Jennifer Hudson sang an emotional rendition of America The Beautiful as players and football fans were reduced to tears.
The 26 children who made up the choirÂ all attend the Newtown school, where 20 first-graders and six adultsÂ were killed in a December 14 shooting.
Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers players looked deeply moved as the children sang out at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The performance was part of the pre-game show andÂ broadcast live shortly before the 6.30pm kick-off.
Shortly before her performance, Hudson tweeted: ‘Such a privilege to be performing w the Sandy Hook elementary chorus at the #SuperBowl today. We go on just before kick off!’
The singer adorned her black leather Monika Chiang top with a green ribbon in honor of those lost at Sandy Hook and showed off her curvy figure in a white button-front L’Wren Scott skirt.
Before her performance, she wrote on Twitter: ‘From my heart to yours! Such an Emotional roller coaster [and] So close to home.
She continued: ‘No matter who or what we r, we must pray! Thank u lord for this day! May thy will be done! Have your way , oh God!!
Each of the 26 children was picked to represent the 26 victims of the school shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.
The students wore matching white tops and tan trousers with a ribbon for the victims pinned to their lapels.
They stood on the NFL’s red,Â white and blue shield-shape logo and many smiled excitedly as they sangÂ the first verse before a silent and packed Superdome.
Then Hudson fronted them for a second verse that showcased her soaringÂ voice as thousands of fans cheered wildly for the children.