Upstaged: Predators anthem singer replaced by A-list artists

NHL anthem singer miffed over snub for Carrie Underwood

Upstaged: Predators anthem singer replaced by A-list artists

Though frustrated by the situation, the longtime National Hockey League singer says there's no hard feelings between him and the country superstars.

Keith Urban sang the U.S. national anthem at a Nashville Predators hockey game on Tuesday night, as his proud Oscar victor wife Nicole Kidman beamed from the crowd.

"They came to me and said the captain's wife asked to sing the anthem that night", Morgan said.

Spotted at the Bridgestone Arena to watch the Preds beat the Ducks 2-1 were Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore, Chase Rice, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet.

Following his performance, Urban described singing the anthem as "one of the proudest moments ever in my life". "Then they continued to bring in these other singers and touted them as 'A-listers, ' which kind of hurt me".

"The most important part of a Stanley Cup run is not what happens in pregame ceremonies, but rather what happens on the ice", he said.

"I'm not going to hide my disappointment and I told the Predators that I have been asked the same question over and over and it's just really getting old", the local singer admits.

The team said in a statement that Morgan's arrangement allowed for "nationally and internationally renowned musical artists to perform when available".

The Nashville Predators are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Western Conference Final for the first time in the team's history, and on Tuesday night (May 16), the team hosted its first game of the series vs. the Anaheim Ducks.

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