It is an honor to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl each year. More viewers will be tuned in to watch the national anthem for the Super Bowl than any other event in the United States. That’s why it is very important for the singer to put on a solid performance and to not mess up, otherwise that person will receive a ton of scrutiny in the media.
That happened just a few years ago when Christina Aguilera sang the lyrics incorrectly. There have also been numerous singers accused of lip syncing. While she wasn’t singing the national anthem, Janet Jackson had a huge wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show. As a result, singers have been chosen wisely since.
The national anthem has been performed at every Super Bowl other than XI. Vicki Carr sang America the Beautiful instead. That trend has really come alive in recent years as the national anthem has been preceded by America the Beautiful. In the early years, it was proceeded by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Whitney Houston nailed her 1991 performance, which occurred during the Gulf War. Many believe her effort was the best in history. In fact, her performance was released as a single in 1991 and appeared on the album Whitney: The Greatest Hits. It was re-released after 9/11 as well.
Faith Hill put together a beautiful rendition at Super Bowl XXXIV. Shortly after 9/11, Hill’s version entered the Country singles chart at number 35 despite not being released as an official single.
The 2015 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will feature Idina Menzel singing the national anthem. She became famous for her song “Let it Go” in the movie, Frozen. Menzel is no stranger to singling the national anthem at high-profile sporting events. In fact, she just recently performed it at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game this past July.
There is a prop bet at Bovada that allows you to bet on how long it will take Menzel to sing the national anthem. They have set the time at 2 minutes, 1 second. All you have to do is decide whether it will take here longer or shorter than 2 minutes, 1 second, and you’re a winner. This is one of the many outrageous prop bets available for Super Bowl XLIX.
|I||1967||University of Arizona & University of Michigan Marching Bands|
|II||1968||Grambling State University Marching Band|
|III||1969||Lloyd Geisler of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra|
|V||1971||Tommy Loy (Trumpeter)|
|VI||1972||U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale|
|VII||1973||Little Angels (Children’s Choir) of Chicago ‘s Holy Angels Church|
|IX||1975||Grambling State University Marching Band|
|XI||1977||None (Vikki Carr sang “America the Beautiful”)|
|XII||1978||Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana University|
|XIII||1979||The Colgate Thirteen|
|XIX||1985||San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus|
|XXII||1988||Herb Alpert (trumpet, to date last instrumental performance at the Super Bowl)|
|XXV||1991||Whitney Houston along with The Florida Orchestra directed by Jahja Ling|
|XXVI||1992||Harry Connick, Jr. – American Sign Language (ASL) performed by Lori Hilary|
|XXVII||1993||Garth Brooks – ASL performed by Marlee Matlin|
|XXVIII||1994||Natalie Cole – ASL performed by Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Courtney Keel Foley|
|XXIX||1995||Kathie Lee Gifford – ASL performed by Miss America Heather Whitestone|
|XXX||1996||Vanessa L. Williams – ASL performed by Mary Kim Titla|
|XXXI||1997||Luther Vandross – ASL performed by Erika Rachael Schwarz ( Miss Louisiana 1996)|
|XXXII||1998||Jewel – ASL performed by Phyllis Frelich|
|XXXIII||1999||Cher – ASL performed by Speaking Hands|
|XXXIV||2000||Faith Hill – ASL performed by Briarlake Elementary School Singing Choir|
|XXXV||2001||Backstreet Boys – ASL performed by Tom Cooney|
|XXXVI||2002||Mariah Carey – ASL performed by New Orleans Police Officer Joe Narcisse|
|XXXVII||2003||Dixie Chicks – ASL performed by Janet Maxwell|
|XXXVIII||2004||Beyoncé Knowles – ASL performed by Suzanna Christy|
|XXXIX||2005||Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets. – ASL performed by Wesley Tallent|
|XL||2006||Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin, Piano accompaniment by Dr. John – ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia|
|XLI||2007||Billy Joel – ASL performed by Marlee Matlin|
|XLII||2008||Jordin Sparks – ASL performed by A Dreamer (of Phoenix College)|
|XLIII||2009||Jennifer Hudson – ASL performed by Kristen Santos|
|XLIV||2010||Carrie Underwood – ASL performed by Kinesha Battles|
|XLV||2011||Christina Aguilera – ASL performed by Candice Villesca|
|XLVI||2012||Kelly Clarkson – ASL performed by Rachel Mazique|
|XLVII||2013||Alicia Keys – ASL performed by John Maucere|
|XLVIII||2014||Renee Fleming – ASL performed by Amber Zion|
|XLIX||2015||Idina Manzel – ASL performed by Treshelle Edmond|