Earlier than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers butt helmets with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday night time in Tremendous Bowl 2021, nation star Eric Church and R&B diva Jazmine Sullivan will unite the nation — and music followers of various genres — by singing the nationwide anthem.
However who’re essentially the most tremendous “Star-Spangled Banner” singers of all on the massive recreation?
Right here, we rank the Prime 10 to ever belt it out.
10. Demi Lovato (2020)
The nationwide anthem is ideal for a singer like Lovato, who has the pipes however generally lacks the character as an artist. T
echnically, the “Give Your Coronary heart a Break” belter hit all the best notes — and regarded fab doing so, in her white pantsuit — and delivered a purist’s rendition that scored with the Tremendous Bowl lots.
9. Renée Fleming (2014)
Backed by the Armed Forces Refrain, the soprano confirmed all these dudes on the sphere who was the top diva in cost together with her classical powers that turned MetLife Stadium into the Metropolitan Opera Home for 3 minutes.
eight. Mariah Carey (2002)
Only a few months after 9/11, Carey did the honors on the New Orleans Superdome, the place Tom Brady received the primary of his six Tremendous Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. (He’s going for his seventh quarter-backing the Buccaneers on Sunday.) Giving her vocals a few of that Mimi melisma — full together with her trademark whistle notes — a peak Carey reminded us that we belonged collectively after we wanted it most.
7. Billy Joel (1989 and 2007)
Strong Island’s own piano man has the excellence of being certainly one of solely two singers — the opposite being Aaron Neville — to carry out the nationwide anthem twice on the Tremendous Bowl, so he has to make this checklist. They usually have been two very completely different renditions: In 1989, he sang it a cappella, whereas in 2007 — with decidedly much less hair — he performed the keys as he sang Francis Scott Key’s lyrics.
6. The Chicks (2003)
The artists previously referred to as the Dixie Chicks — no strangers to political controversy — let their three-part harmonies soften the nation into candy unity. With minimal accompaniment, the purity of their voices met the second by bringing residence the lyrics and diffusing all divisiveness.
5. Luther Vandross (1997)
The sultan of soul liable for a era of infants being made, Vandross got here the closest that anybody has ever come to turning “The Star-Spangled Banner” right into a quiet-storm sluggish jam in 1997. All it was lacking was some incense.
four. Beyoncé (2004)
Befitting the hometown queen that she was, Bey was supplied the selection of both singing the nationwide anthem or performing through the halftime present in her native Houston in 2004. She opted for doing a “Star-Spangled Banner” that proved she had severe vocal recreation, however the stellar second was overshadowed by Janet Jackson’s notorious halftime present nip slip. Let’s not neglect in fact that Bey herself went on to slay the halftime present not as soon as however twice (2013 and 2016).
three. Girl Gaga (2016)
5 years earlier than she sang the nationwide anthem at this 12 months’s presidential inauguration, Gaga blew away the lads in tights together with her powerhouse pipes in 2016. And for good measure, she got here again to headline the halftime show in Houston the very subsequent 12 months.
2. Jennifer Hudson (2009)
Beyoncé’s Oscar-winning “Dreamgirls” co-star belted these notes fiercer than any linebacker ever may when she took the sphere at Tremendous Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida, in 2009. The efficiency was a present of true resilience and energy: Only a few months earlier than, Hudson’s mom, brother and nephew have been murdered.
1. Whitney Houston (1991)
With a gospel-influenced association impressed by Marvin Gaye, Houston — rocking that iconic white tracksuit, with matching headband — will all the time be the MVP of Tremendous Bowl national-anthem singers. Little question, she was the bomb bursting in air that night time.