For Texas-native Selena Gomez, watching the Dallas Cowboys is a Thanksgiving tradition.
This year, she will get a front-and-center look at her hometown team when she takes the stage at the halftime show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, which will kick off the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign.
“Dallas is my hometown, and to be invited to perform on behalf of the Salvation Army is such a great honor,” Gomez, 21, said in a statement on the Cowboys' news blog. “Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the nation to help families and children in need.”
Gomez’s performance Nov. 28 at the Cowboys’ game against the Oakland Raiders will mark the 17th year the Salvation Army and the NFL team have worked together. Since the musical introduction of the Red Kettle campaign in 1997, the fundraiser has collected $1.75 billion.
The “Come and Get It” singer is the newest addition to an impressive list of Red Kettle performers including Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, the Jonas Brothers, Destiny’s Child, Reba McEntire and others.
“We are thrilled to have Selena kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and be a part of this time-honored tradition,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, the executive vice president for the Cowboys,and the driving force behind the Cowboys-Salvation Army partnership. “Her amazing performance, a national stage and huge, enthusiastic fan base will be a powerful start to Red Kettle 2013.”