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The most flawless performance of The Star Spangled Banner

Reba gave it a good go, of course.

But nothing can touch this, in my opinion.....

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by Anonymousreply 46February 12, 2024 9:39 PM

OP, I’m not even going to click on that link because it’s gotta be Whitney Houston.

Thread over.

by Anonymousreply 1February 11, 2024 11:43 PM

And they truly should have just never done another halftime show after this. Flaw. Less.

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by Anonymousreply 2February 11, 2024 11:43 PM

Ooooh, shay can you she...

by Anonymousreply 3February 11, 2024 11:45 PM

Whitney didn't sing live. Sorry, hon. Rebia nailed it.

by Anonymousreply 4February 11, 2024 11:45 PM

Reba sang it too slowly and with no emotion—pointing off to the distance doesn’t do it.

by Anonymousreply 5February 11, 2024 11:47 PM

I liked Kelly Clarkson's version

by Anonymousreply 6February 11, 2024 11:49 PM

Love Whitney's of course, but Chris Stapleton made a believer out of me.

by Anonymousreply 7February 11, 2024 11:50 PM

Whitney sang her f***** heart put that day! RIP Whitney.

At the 2:15 mark I got choked up , the smile on Whitney 's face , says it all, she just knew she was singing the shit out of the song.

by Anonymousreply 8February 11, 2024 11:50 PM

2nd only to Whitney

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by Anonymousreply 9February 11, 2024 11:53 PM

I'm not even a Whitney fan, but live or not, she SAAAAAANG it perfectly.

by Anonymousreply 10February 11, 2024 11:54 PM

What’s great about Whitney’s version is that it’s done in 4/4 instead of the usual 3:4. Sounds more powerful that way.

by Anonymousreply 11February 11, 2024 11:55 PM

Shang the Shtar Shpangled Banner.

by Anonymousreply 12February 11, 2024 11:57 PM

Reba did amazing, especially for a 68 year old. Imagine if she did it in the 90s.

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by Anonymousreply 13February 12, 2024 12:08 AM

My three most memorable National Anthems were Whitney Houston at #1. Marvin Gaye at #2, and Jose' Feliciano at #3.

by Anonymousreply 14February 12, 2024 12:15 AM

Watching Whitney sing this makes me want to stand and salute

by Anonymousreply 15February 12, 2024 12:24 AM

Whitney will forever hold the title for the best national anthem.

by Anonymousreply 16February 12, 2024 12:26 AM

Cher was fabulous...

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by Anonymousreply 17February 12, 2024 12:26 AM

r9 and r17:

It's CHEE!

by Anonymousreply 18February 12, 2024 12:28 AM

Clean and sober since Feb. 11 2012!

by Anonymousreply 19February 12, 2024 12:33 AM

Blossom Dearie

by Anonymousreply 20February 12, 2024 12:34 AM


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by Anonymousreply 21February 12, 2024 1:10 AM

it will always be Rosanne's for me.

by Anonymousreply 22February 12, 2024 1:52 AM

Reba 2024

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by Anonymousreply 23February 12, 2024 2:01 AM

i thought he did a good job.

by Anonymousreply 24February 12, 2024 3:22 AM

Gaga at the Inauguration. Not football I know but after the brutality of Trump and the horror of Jan 6, it was very emotional.

by Anonymousreply 25February 12, 2024 4:36 AM

and now it's a Trump thread.

by Anonymousreply 26February 12, 2024 4:36 AM

Kathie Lee Gifford is still my favorite.

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by Anonymousreply 27February 12, 2024 4:39 AM

Marvin Gaye...NBA All Star Game...not football, but it is a sporting event. He slays!

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by Anonymousreply 28February 12, 2024 4:46 AM

I've always been partial to Patrick Wilson's rendition.

Plus, his was live and a cappella.

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by Anonymousreply 29February 12, 2024 4:58 AM

R29, even though the video is bad quality, Patrick Wilson's interpretation gave me chills.

Here's another:

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by Anonymousreply 30February 12, 2024 5:09 AM

I prefer Ashley Simpson’s version

by Anonymousreply 31February 12, 2024 5:35 AM

Patrick Wilson sings "land of the fray" instead of "free" just like my choral director instructed me.

by Anonymousreply 32February 12, 2024 9:07 AM

I prefer singing not screaming.

by Anonymousreply 33February 12, 2024 9:29 AM

R32 I doubt your teacher told you to say "fray."

I don't care if they are from the North.

by Anonymousreply 34February 12, 2024 9:48 AM

I remember Whitney's very well. It was in Tampa in 1991. I was in band at a high school very close to the stadium. We were suppose to march Sports Illustrated or some journalist group over into the stadium. But because of security issues surrounding the impending Persian Gulf War, it was cancelled. I think that is another thing people forget. We were on the verge or an actual declared war for the first time since Vietnam. That was another element that made her perfect rendition all that more meaningful.

by Anonymousreply 35February 12, 2024 2:18 PM

Still the greatest:

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by Anonymousreply 36February 12, 2024 2:28 PM

Whitney had the most technically perfect voice that also had character. No lie was told OP. She is nearly in a league her own.

by Anonymousreply 37February 12, 2024 2:38 PM

Agree OP. Nothing compares.

by Anonymousreply 38February 12, 2024 2:46 PM

Spectacular and a reminder of what could have been if she had not gone down her rabbit hole of addiction. She was already deep into it when she performed at the Super Bowl.

by Anonymousreply 39February 12, 2024 3:37 PM

Her vocal control was amazing. Singular.

by Anonymousreply 40February 12, 2024 5:46 PM

See, the key to whether or not they succeed IMO is when they get to "And the rockets red glaaaare!" because usually their voice doesn't make it. But Whitney does it effortlessly.

by Anonymousreply 41February 12, 2024 5:55 PM

^r36 please. I suffer from greatly from Second Hand Embarrassment. Please provide a trigger warning on future posts.

by Anonymousreply 42February 12, 2024 6:30 PM

Both my grandparents passed recently and my mom and I cleaned out their home. I found their VHS tape of Whitney's National Anthem Performance. That is how good it was. They could actually market a VHS tape recording of it. It was an event. It was one of those times that I deeply miss - when for a moment, regardless of politics and belief, the nation felt as one. I know that might be a MARY! moment. But think about it, when was the last time the country felt like that?

by Anonymousreply 43February 12, 2024 6:35 PM

R43 Ask the Democrats, who have become unpatriotic iconoclasts, causing strife the farther left they go.

by Anonymousreply 44February 12, 2024 6:57 PM

I just blocked R44. No MAGAs are gonna ruin my day.

by Anonymousreply 45February 12, 2024 8:50 PM

Even though it was lip synched, Whitney's was my favorite. It was during the Gulf War and one of my close relatives was deployed. She was absolutely adorable in the track suit. Then, she followed up with the Welcome Home Heroes concert. All the Man That I Need, from that concert, is one of my favorite performances from any singer.

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