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BEYONCE, BUT WHO ELSE?

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There's lots of hype for Beyonce's halftime performance at the Super Bowl, but she's far from the only A-list act in New Orleans this week.

The NFL has announced Jennifer Hudson is planning to sing ''America the Beautiful'' before the game with the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Just add her to the already packed list. It also includes:

- Justin Timberlake, in his first major musical performance in four years (hosting Saturday Night Live doesn't count - he hasn't been an official musical guest on the show since 2006).

- Stevie Wonder

- CeeLo Green with his old hip-hop clique, Goodie Mob.

-Rascal Flatts with Journey.

And then there's the parties. Lil Wayne is throwing a bash. Jay-Z will host another event the night before his wife, Beyonce, takes stage. Jamie Foxx and Santigold are also performing, while DJs including Diplo and Questlove from The Roots are spinning.

Not that it's ever difficult, but it's extra easy to find a party in New Orleans the next few days.

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- Stacey Plaisance

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EDITOR'S NOTE - ''Super Bowl Watch'' shows you Super Bowl XLVII and the events surrounding the game through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across New Orleans and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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