When it comes to singing the national anthem, there are plenty examples of how not to do it. Just ask Carl Lewis, Roseanne Barr or even Christina Aguilera. The Internet is chock-full of video clips of so many celebrities butchering Francis Scott Key's patriotaic tome. Whether it's the lyrics or the notes, the simple song has proven to be Kryptonite time and time again. Not for former "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson though.
The 29-year-old singer took one of the biggest stages television has to offer, the NFL's Super Bowl, and absolutely knocked the anthem out of the park. Her performance was passionate, on-key and letter perfect when it came to the ever-tricky words. With a chorus of grade-schoolers behind her providing some much-apprecaited "Aww" factor, Kelly took her place among the singers who have delivered amazing renditions of the national anthem on the day of the big game.
Here now are a few more singers who did the anthem right on football's biggest day.
Whitney Houston (1991) - Before Super Bowl XXV, Whitney delivered what stands as perhaps the most iconic performance of the anthem ever. Coming at the onset of the first war with Iraq during the first President Bush's term, the country was ready for a much-needed injection of patriotism. When she belted out the lyrics with such poise and emotion it brought the house down all over the country.
The Dixie Chicks (2003) - When the country music stars performed the national anthem at Superbowl XXXII they were just a few weeks away from sparking controversy by criticizing then sitting President George W. Bush at a concert in London. The nation was on its way to invading Iraq and singer Natalie Maines made some anti-war comments that landed the group in some hot water. However, their performance of the national anthem was beautiful and inspiring, and should have helped the Chicks defend themselves, and was a perfect showing of their obvious patriotism.
Carrie Underwood (2010) - For some reason country singers seem to do pretty well with the anthem. Maybe it's the innate patriotism that is embodied in a lot of country music. For whatever the reason, another former "Idol" winner, Carrie Underwood, did a spectacular job opening Super Bowl XLIV with her rendition of the song. Carrie was poised and methodical, taking her time but not slowing the song down to an an utter crawl. Just as with Clarkson's rendition this year, the passion and meaning of the song was just as evident as the pitch-perfect delivery of the melody.
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- Kelly Clarkson