Gladys Knight Performs the National Anthem at Super Bowl LII

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Gladys Knight honored the United States during the Super bowl LII pregame celebration with a stellar rendition of the national anthem.

Her willingness to sing the perform came with a struggle as she wrestled with whether or not she should join a boycott over the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick and his controversial stance in protested racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

As for how she ranks on the list of best and worst National Anthem performance… the polls aren’t in yet. However, Whitney Houston, Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson are the tops on the list of singers who have had the privilege of honoring our country during the pregame show.

Whitney Houston, Super Bowl XXV
Whitney Houston’s rendition of the anthem is regarded by many to be one of, if not the greatest performance in Super Bowl history. People wept in the stands and in front of their televisions, and song itself became a top-20 pop hit after the game. Her performance at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Fla. set the stage for a thrilling game that resulted in a 20-19 victory by the Giants over the Bills.

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl LI

Beyoncé, Super Bowl XXXVIII
Before the Panthers and Patriots clashed at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Beyoncé sang a national anthem to remember. The Houston native would go on to perform at halftime of Super Bowls XLVII and 50.

Jennifer Hudson, Super Bowl XLIII
Hudson’s performance kicked off one of the most memorable Super Bowls in recent memory. the Steelers topped the Cardinals 27-23 thanks to a game-winning touchdown catch by Pittsburgh’s Santonio Holmes.

Topping the list of Worst ever is….

Christina Aguilera, Super Bowl XLV
Aguilera is a Grammy-winning artist with an incredible voice. While she was able to hit the notes in impressive fashion, she botched the lyrics about 40 seconds into the performance

Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville and Dr. John, Suber Bowl XL

With the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and Steelers in Detroit, it was only fitting that the NFL had Franklin perform the anthem. It was also the first Super Bowl played in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, so New Orleans-natives Neville and John accompanied Franklin. A star-studded lineup of performers should have provided for an awe-inspiring anthem, but it instead wasn’t.

Super Bowl National Anthem Performers

Game Year Performer(s)
I 1967 The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band and UCLA choir
II 1968 Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band
III 1969 Lloyd Geisler of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra
IV 1970 AL Hirt
V 1971 Tommy Loy
VI 1972 U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
VII 1973 Little Angels Children’s Choir of Chicago’s Holy Angels Church
VIII 1974 Charley Pride
IX 1975 Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band
X 1976 Tom Sullivan
XI 1977 None (Vikki Carr sand “America the Beautiful)
XII 1978 Phyllis Kell of the University of Louisiana at Monroe
XIII 1979 Te Colgate Thirteen
XIV 1980 Cheryl Ladd
XV 1981 Helen O’Connell
XVI 1982 Diana Ross
XVII 1983 Leslie Easterbrook
XVIII 1984 Barry Manilow
XIX 1985 San Francisco Boys Chorus, San Francisco Girls Chorus, Piedmont Children’s Chorus and San Francisco Children’s Chorus
XX 1986 Wynston Marsalis
XXI 1987 Neil Diamond
XXII 1988 Herb Alpert
XXIII 1989 Billy Joel
XXIV 1990 Aaron Neville
XXV 1991 Whitney Houston with the Florida Orchestra
XXVI 1992 Harry Connick, Jr.
XXVII 1993 Garth Brooks
XXVIII 1994 Natalie Cole
XXIX 1995 Kathie Lee Gifford
XXX 1996 Vanessa L. Williams
XXXI 1997 Luther Vandross
XXXII 1998 Jewel
XXXIII 1999 Cher
XXXIV 2000 Faith Hill
XXXV 2001 Backstreet Boys
XXXVI 2002 Mariah Carey
XXXVII 2003 Dixie Chicks
XXXVIII 2004 Beyoncé
XXXIX 2005 U.S. Army Herald Trumpets and the choirs from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy
XL 2006 Aaron Neville, Arethra Franklin and Dr. John
XLI 2007 Billy Joel
XLII 2008 Jordin Sparks
XLIII 2009 Jennifer Hudson
XLIV 2010 Carrie Underwood
XLV 2011 Christina Aguilera
XLVI 2012 Kelly Clarkson
XLVII 2013 Alicia Keys
XLVIII 2014 Renée Fleming
XLIX 2015 Idina Menzel
50 2016 Lady Gaga
LI 2017 Luke Bryan
LII 2018 P!nk
LIII 2019 Gladys Knight

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