The NFL announced that they will kick off its 95th season with “2014 NFL KICKOFF PRESENTED BY XBOX” – 7:30 PM ET Thursday, September 4.  Grammy Award-winning singer,song-writer and producer Pharrell Williams will perform live outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle with simulcat coverage of the 60-minute pregame show from Seattle running from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC and NFL Network.

Television’s most-watched studio show, NBC’s Football Night in America, will be live on-site in Seattle with its full team — Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Josh Elliot, Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy,Y, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison and two-time Super Bowl winner and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, along with NFL Insiders Mike Florio and Peter King.

The live pregame broadcast also will be available via NFL Mobile from Verizon.

Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band SOUNDGARDEN will kick off the free event with a performance in front of their hometown fans with a portion of the performance broadcast live on NFL Network.

The show leads into the season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle (NBC, NBCSports.com, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 p.m. Eastern). Award-winning singer and actress Ariana Grande will sing the National Anthem. The musical performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2014 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.

This is the 13th consecutive Kickoff celebration to start the season and the 10th time the NFL has saluted the Super Bowl champions with the opening game in their stadium on a Thursday in primetime.

2014 NFL KICKOFF will be executive produced by Ricky Kirshner, the Executive Producer of the Super Bowl pregame and halftime shows. The show will be directed by Gregg Gelfand.

In addition to presenting sponsor Xbox, top tier sponsors for the NFL’s Kickoff platform include Bud Light, Bridgestone, GMC, Lenovo, Snickers, Pepsi, Verizon and Visa.

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HISTORY OF NFL OPENING KICKOFF EVENTS

DATE – LOCATION; NETWORK, TALENT and GAME
9/5/2002 – Times Square, New York; CBS, MTV, VH1 and ESPN
Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Alicia Keys, Eve, Cast of Broadway musical Rent with Joey Fatone of NSYNC
San Francisco at New York Giants (ESPN)

9/4/2003 – The National Mall, Washington, DC; ABC
Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Good Charlotte
New York Jets at Washington (ESPN)

9/9/2004 – Gillette Stadium, New England/ Metropolitan Park, Jacksonville; ABC
Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Destiny’s Child, Elton John, Toby Keith, Lenny Kravitz (New England); Jessica Simpson (Jacksonville)
Indianapolis at New England (ABC)

9/8/2005 – Gillette Stadium, New England/ Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles/Detroit; ABC
Green Day, Santana, Michelle Branch, Ozzy Osbourne, Trisha Yearwood (NE); Kanye West, Maroon 5, Good Charlotte, Rihanna (Los Angeles); Rolling Stones (taped from Detroit)
Oakland at New England (ABC)

9/7/2006 – Heinz Field, Pittsburgh/Miami; NBC
Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride (Anthem) (Pittsburgh); Diddy, Cassie, Yung Joc, Tego Calderon (Miami)
Miami at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/6/2007 – Monument Circle/RCA Dome, Indianapolis; NBC, NFLN
John Mellencamp, Faith Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Hinder, Keyshia Cole & Voices of Unity Youth Choir (Anthem)
New Orleans at Indianapolis (NBC)

9/4/2008 – Columbus Circle, New York City/Giants Stadium, New Jersey; NFLN, NBC
Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban, Usher
Washington at New York Giants (NBC)

9/10/2009 – Point State Park/Heinz Field, Pittsburgh; NFLN, NBC
Tim McGraw, The Black Eyed Peas, Harry Connick Jr. (Anthem)
Tennessee at Pittsburgh (NBC)

9/9/2010 – Jackson Square (Parade & Concert) /Superdome, New Orleans; NFLN, NBC
Dave Matthews Band, Taylor Swift, Harry Connick Jr., Colbie Caillat (Anthem)
Minnesota at New Orleans (NBC)

9/8/2011 – Lambeau Field, Green Bay; NFLN, NBC
Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5
New Orleans at Green Bay (NBC)

9/5/2012 – Rockefeller Center, New York / MetLife Stadium, New Jersey; NFLN, NBC
Mariah Carey, No Doubt
Dallas at New York Giants (NBC)

9/5/2013 – Baltimore Inner Harbor/ Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver; NFLN, NBC
Keith Urban, Danielle Bradbery (Anthem)
Baltimore at Denver (NBC)

9/4/2014 – CenturyLink Field, Seattle; NFLN, NBC
Pharrell Williams, Soundgarden, Ariana Grande (Anthem)
Green Bay at Seattle (NBC)