Peter V'landys confirms Amy Shark's fantastic last entertainment in 2020
On October 25 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, ARL Commission Chairman Peter V'landys announced Amy Shark was picked as the 2020 NRL grand final entertainment.
On Friday, V'landys and Shark both publicly revealed that she would headline the pre-game show to 40,00 viewers.
"We have Amy Shark [for NRL grand final]," V'landys told Nine Today.
Shark is nominated for three ARIA awards, including best female artist, best pop release and best live act from Australia, as she prepares to release her new album and single 'C'Mon.'
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Shark had to audition for the NRL grand final gig last month before she got the nod.
"I'm nervous," Shark said Today.
"I think any artist is itching to play some gig at the moment, so the fact that I'm playing one of the biggest NRL days of the year is just massive. I'm very proud to have been selected to do it, so I can't wait.
"I'm just trying to focus on putting on a fantastic performance, but still having my life 's time when I'm out there. And as a female pop star, it's so awesome the NRL wanted me to do it. I think it's a very big move.
Her upswing in the Australian music industry started in 2017 with her song 'Adore.'
It helped the Gold Coast artist reach a huge audience and even earned South Sydney Rabbitohs owner Russell Crowe 's praise.
But that's not just the Queenslander's friendship with the rugby league, having grown up a Broncos fan.
Shark has once worked as a video director for the Gold Coast Titans. Her partner, now manager, was previously Chief Financial Officer of the Titans.
"In recent years, Amy 's career has sky-rocketed and is now one of Australia's most successful musicians. Getting Amy as our pre-game entertainment is a salute to a young Australian artist who is now part of the rugby league family, "said NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo in a statement.
"We're still trying to celebrate Australian talent. Amy Shark is a global-following Australian musician. Her live show offers the best build-up to the season 's biggest and most thrilling game.
"Grand Finals Day in 2020 will be a day of joy, solidarity and thanks for all those that worked together to keep this year's game running. Amy 's success will be an important part of that."
The NRL announced that the grand final pre-game entertainment will also feature a salute to the 2020 retired players, a salute to the rugby league hero Arthur Summons, "as well as the Ken Stephen and Veronica White Medal presentation that recognizes the male and female players who make the greatest contribution to their local communities this season."