Super Bowl National Anthem Performers

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 2019 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and LA Rams will feature Gladys Knight singing the national anthem. The Atlanta native is best known topping the charts in the 60s, 70s, and 80s with hits like “Midnight Train To Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For”.

Each year, sites like Bovada offer a prop on the over/under of how long it will take to sing the song, as well as sometimes props on whether or not the singer will forget words or use incorrect words when performing the anthem.

List of National Anthem Performers Preceding the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Year Performer
LIII 2019 Gladys Knight
LIII 2018 Pink
LI 2017 Luke Bryan
L 2016 Lady Gaga
XLIX 2015 Idina Menzel
XLVIII 2014 Renee Fleming
XLVII 2013 Alicia Keys
XLVI 2012 Kelly Clarkson
XLV 2011 Chistina Aguilera
XLIV 2010 Carrie Underwood
XLIII 2009 Jennifer Hudson
XLII 2008 Jordin Sparks
XLI 2007 Billy Joel
XL 2006 Aretha Franklin
XXXIX 2005 Combined U.S. Armed Forces Choirs
XXXVIII 2004 Beyonce
XXXVII 2003 Dixie Chicks
XXXVI 2002 Mariah Carey
XXXV 2001 Backstreet Boys
XXXIV 2000 Faith Hill
XXXIII 1999 Cher
XXXII 1998 Jewel
XXXI 1997 Luther Vandross
XXX 1996 Vanessa Williams
XXIX 1995 Kathie Lee Gifford
XXVIII 1994 Natalie Cole
XXVII 1993 Garth Brooks
XXVI 1992 Harry Connick, Jr.
XXV 1991 Whitney Houston
XXIV 1990 Aaron Neville
XXIII 1989 Billy Joel
XXII 1988 Herb Alpert (trumpet)
XXI 1987 Neil Diamond
XX 1986 Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
XIX 1985 Combined Bay Area Children’s Choruses
XVIII 1984 Barry Manilow
XVII 1983 Leslie Easterbrook
XVI 1982 Diana Ross
XV 1981 Helen O’Connell
XIV 1980 Cheryl Ladd
XIII 1979 The Colgate Thirteen
XII 1978 Phyllis Kelly
XI 1977 None
X 1976 Tom Sullivan
IX 1975 GSU Tiger Marching Band
VIII 1974 Charley Pride
VII 1973 Little Angels Children’s Choir
VI 1972 U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
V 1971 Tommy Loy (trumpet)
IV 1970 Al Hirt
III 1969 Lloyd Geisler
II 1968 GSU Tiger Marching Band
I 1967 The Pride of Arizona, Michigan Marching Band & UCLA Choir

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