On New Year's Day, they'll finally travel that last 20 feet.
Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love — the principal subjects of the documentary film "20 Feet from Stardom" — are set to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the 100th Rose Bowl game in Pasadena.
Individually, the four have provided background vocals for such superstars as Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
In a field of 147 qualifying films, "20 Feet" is one of 15 to advance in voting for best documentary feature at the upcoming Academy Awards.
Rose Bowl media director Gina Chappin said it's the only time in memory that the national anthem will be performed at a Rose Bowl game by musicians other than a team band.