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 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.

List of National Anthem Performers Preceding the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Year Performer
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
IV 1970 Al Hirt
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
VIII 1974 Charley Pride
IX 1975 Grambling State University Marching Band
X 1976 Tom Sullivan
XI 1977 None (Vikki Carr sang “America the Beautiful”)
XII 1978 Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana University
XIII 1979 The 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 and San Francisco Girls Chorus
XX 1986 Wynton Marsalis
XXI 1987 Neil Diamond
XXII 1988 Herb Alpert (trumpet, to date last instrumental performance at the Super Bowl)
XXIII 1989 Billy Joel
XXIV 1990 Aaron Neville
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

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