Super Bowl National Anthem

Superbowl National Anthem

Singing the Super Bowl National Anthem is an honor, a lot of artists (and non-artists) dream about. For Super Bowl 2013, Alicia Keys will be the singer, who will perform in front of Millions.

On this page we compiled a list of performers (and other super bowl facts), who performed the U.S. national anthem at the Super Bowl over the years.

The national anthem, also know under its title "The Star-Spangled Banner", has been performed at every Super Bowl except for Superbowl XI, when Vikki Carr sang "America the Beautiful" instead. On occasion (more recently), the Superbowl National Anthem has been preceded by "America the Beautiful,". In the very early years of the Superbowl, the Pledge of Allegiance preceded the Superbowl Anthem.

Whitney Houston 's performance at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, during the Gulf War, was globally recognized as one of the best renditions of the U.S. national anthem in history. The performance of this Super Bowl National Anthem was so successful, that in February 1991, it was released as a single that appeared on the album Whitney: The Greatest Hits. Shortly after 9/11, the performance and was re-released as a single.

Faith Hill's Super Bowl XXXIV Super Bowl National Anthem rendition proved popular in country radio. Following 9/11, her version entered the Country singles chart at number 35, despite not being released as an official single. It would re-enter the same chart at number 49 in July 2002, and enjoys recurrent airplay today.

Super Bowl Year Venue Performer(s)
I 1967 L.A. Coliseum University of Arizona & University of Michigan Marching Bands
II 1968 Orange Bowl, Miami, FL Grambling State University Marching Band
III 1969 Orange Bowl, Miami, FL Anita Bryant
IV 1970 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA Al Hirt
V 1971 Orange Bowl, Miami, FL Tommy Loy (Trumpeter)
VI 1972 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA U.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
VII 1973 L.A. Coliseum Little Angels (Children's Choir) of Chicago's Holy Angels Church
VIII 1974 Rice Stadium, Houston, TX Charley Pride
IX 1975 Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA Grambling State University Marching Band
X 1976 Orange Bowl, Miami, FL Tom Sullivan
XI 1977 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Vikki Carr sang "America the Beautiful"
XII 1978 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Phyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana State University
XIII 1979 Orange Bowl, Miami, FL The Colgate Thirteen
XIV 1980 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Cheryl Ladd
XV 1981 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Wyatt Metty
XVI 1982 Silverdome, Pontiac, MI Diana Ross
XVII 1983 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Leslie Easterbrook
XVIII 1984 Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL Barry Manilow
XIX 1985 Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA San Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus
XX 1986 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Wynton Marsalis
XXI 1987 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Neil Diamond
XXII 1988 Jack Murphy (Qualcomm) Stadium, San Diego, CA Herb Alpert (trumpet, to date last instrumental performance at the Super Bowl)
XXIII 1989 Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL Billy Joel
XXIV 1990 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Aaron Neville
XXV 1991 Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL Whitney Houston and The Florida Orchestra, directed by Jahja Ling
XXVI 1992 Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN Harry Connick, Jr.
American Sign Language (ASL) performed by Lori Hilary
XXVII 1993 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Garth Brooks
ASL performed by Marlee Matlin
XXVIII 1994 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA Natalie Cole
ASL performed by Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Courtney Keel Foley
XXIX 1995 Joe Robbie Stadium/Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL Kathie Lee Gifford
ASL performed by Miss America Heather Whitestone
XXX 1996 Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ Vanessa L. Williams
ASL performed by Mary Kim Titla
XXXI 1997 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Luther Vandross
ASL performed by Erika Rachael Schwarz (Miss Louisiana 1996)
XXXII 1998 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA Jewel
ASL performed by Phyllis Frelich
XXXIII 1999 Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL Cher
ASL performed by Speaking Hands
XXXIV 2000 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA Faith Hill
ASL performed by Briarlake Elementary School Singing Choir
XXXV 2001 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Backstreet Boys
ASL performed by Tom Cooney
XXXVI 2002 Superdome, New Orleans, LA Mariah Carey
ASL performed by New Orleans Police Officer Joe Narcisse
XXXVII 2003 Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA Dixie Chicks
ASL performed by Janet Maxwell
XXXVIII 2004 Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX Beyoncé
ASL performed by Suzanna Christy
XXXIX 2005 ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, FL Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy,
the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,
and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.
ASL performed by Wesley Tallent
XL 2006 Ford Field, Detroit, MI Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin ,
Piano accompaniment by Dr. John,
ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia
XLI 2007 Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL Billy Joel
ASL performed by Marlee Matlin
XLII 2008 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ Jordin Sparks
ASL performed by A Dreamer (of Phoenix College)
XLIII 2009 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Jennifer Hudson
ASL performed by Kristen Santos
XLIV 2010 Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL Carrie Underwood
ASL performed by Kinesha Battles
XLV 2011 Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX Christina Aguilera
ASL performed by Candice Villesca
XLVI 2012 Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN Kelly Clarkson
ASL performed by
XLVII 2013 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
ASL performed by

As you can see, there were many artists out there that sang the Super Bowl National Anthem each year. It's exciting to see and hear the patriotic Super Bowl National Anthem and often we wait for some 'fault pas' like the one by Christina Aguilera during Super Bowl XLV in 2011. She put her own spin on the words to the Star-Spangled Banner. Instead of singing the song's fourth line with the correct words - "O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?" - Aguilera sang, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming?"

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