List of national anthem performers at the Super Bowl

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The following is a list of performers who have performed the U.S. national anthem at the Super Bowl.

"The Star-Spangled Banner" has been performed at every Super Bowl except for XI, when Vikki Carr sang "America the Beautiful" instead. In some recent years, the national anthem has been preceded by "America the Beautiful," and in very early years, the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whitney Houston's performance at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, during the Gulf War, is largely regarded as one of the best renditions of the U.S. national anthem in history.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The performance was released as a single on February 12, 1991, appeared on the album Whitney: The Greatest Hits, and was re-released as a single shortly after 9/11.

Faith Hill's XXXIV 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 re-entered the same chart at number 49 in July 2002, and enjoys recurrent since then.


Performer list

Super BowlYearVenuePerformer(s)
I1967Los Angeles ColiseumUniversity of Arizona & University of Michigan Marching Bands
II1968Orange Bowl, Miami, FloridaGrambling State University Marching Band
III1969Orange Bowl, MiamiAnita Bryant
IV1970Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LouisianaAl Hirt
V1971Orange Bowl, MiamiTommy Loy (Trumpeter)
VI1972Tulane Stadium, New OrleansU.S. Air Force Academy Chorale
VII1973L.A. ColiseumLittle Angels (Children's Choir) of Chicago's Holy Angels Church
VIII1974Rice Stadium, HoustonCharley Pride
IX1975Tulane Stadium, New OrleansGrambling State University Marching Band (2)
X1976Orange Bowl, MiamiTom Sullivan
XI1977Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CaliforniaNone (Vikki Carr sang “America the Beautiful”)
XII1978Superdome, New OrleansPhyllis Kelly of Northeast Louisiana University
XIII1979Orange Bowl, MiamiThe Colgate Thirteen
XIV1980Rose Bowl, PasadenaCheryl Ladd
XV1981Superdome, New OrleansHelen O'Connell
XVI1982Silverdome, Pontiac, MichiganDiana Ross
XVII1983Rose Bowl, PasadenaLeslie Easterbrook
XVIII1984Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FloridaBarry Manilow
XIX1985Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CaliforniaSan Francisco Boys Chorus and San Francisco Girls Chorus
XX1986Superdome, New OrleansWynton Marsalis
XXI1987Rose Bowl, PasadenaNeil Diamond
XXII1988Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CaliforniaHerb Alpert (trumpet, to date last instrumental performance at the Super Bowl)
XXIII1989Joe Robbie Stadium, MiamiBilly Joel
XXIV1990Superdome, New OrleansAaron Neville
XXV1991Tampa Stadium, TampaWhitney Houston along with The Florida Orchestra directed by Jahja Ling
XXVI1992Metrodome, Minneapolis, MinnesotaHarry Connick, Jr.
American Sign Language (ASL) performed by Lori Hilary
XXVII1993Rose Bowl, PasadenaGarth Brooks
ASL performed by Marlee Matlin
XXVIII1994Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GeorgiaNatalie Cole
ASL performed by Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Courtney Keel Foley
XXIX1995Joe Robbie Stadium, MiamiKathie Lee Gifford
ASL performed by Miss America Heather Whitestone
XXX1996Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, ArizonaVanessa L. Williams
ASL performed by Mary Kim Titla
XXXI1997Superdome, New OrleansLuther Vandross
ASL performed by Erika Rachael Schwarz (Miss Louisiana 1996)
XXXII1998Qualcomm Stadium, San DiegoJewel
ASL performed by Phyllis Frelich
XXXIII1999Pro Player Stadium, MiamiCher
ASL performed by Speaking Hands
XXXIV2000Georgia Dome, AtlantaFaith Hill
ASL performed by Briarlake Elementary School Singing Choir
XXXV2001Raymond James Stadium, TampaBackstreet Boys
ASL performed by Tom Cooney
XXXVI2002Superdome, New OrleansMariah Carey
ASL performed by New Orleans Police Officer Joe Narcisse
XXXVII2003Qualcomm Stadium, San DiegoDixie Chicks
ASL performed by Janet Maxwell
XXXVIII2004Reliant Stadium, HoustonBeyoncé Knowles
ASL performed by Suzanna Christy
XXXIX2005ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, FloridaCombined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy,
the U.S. Air Force Academy (2), and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy,
and U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.
ASL performed by Wesley Tallent
XL2006Ford Field, DetroitAaron Neville (2) and Aretha Franklin,
Piano accompaniment by Dr. John,
ASL performed by Angela LaGuardia
XLI2007Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens, FloridaBilly Joel (2)
ASL performed by Marlee Matlin (2)
XLII2008University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, ArizonaJordin Sparks
ASL performed by A Dreamer (of Phoenix College)
XLIII2009Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FloridaJennifer Hudson
ASL performed by Kristen Santos
XLIV2010Dolphin Stadium, Miami GardensCarrie Underwood
ASL performed by Kinesha Battles
XLV2011Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TexasChristina Aguilera
ASL performed by Candice Villesca[7]
XLVI2012Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IndianaKelly Clarkson
ASL performed by Rachel Mazique[8]


Five performers have rendered the national anthem at two Super Bowls:

Performers who had previously performed the national anthem in their hometown area:


Just days after Super Bowl XXV, a report surfaced that Whitney Houston lip synced her performance. It was confirmed that she was actually singing into a dead mic, but the performance heard in the stadium and on television was prerecorded.[1][2] The disclosure, however, did not tarnish the performance's critical praise.[citation needed]

Since 1993, the NFL has required performers to supply a backup track.[1] This came after Garth Brooks walked out of the stadium prior to his XXVII performance. Only 45 minutes before kickoff, he refused to take the stage, due to a dispute with NBC. Brooks requested that the network premiere his new music video "We Shall Be Free" during the pregame. The network chose not to air the video, due to content some felt was disturbing imagery. Brooks had also refused to pre-record the anthem, which meant the league had nothing to play if he left. Television producers spotted Jon Bon Jovi in the grandstands, and were prepared to use him as a replacement. After last-minute negotiations, NBC agreed to air a clip of the video during the broadcast of the game,[10] and Brooks was coaxed back into the stadium and sang.[6]

Following the "Wardrobe Malfunction" controversy during Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004, all scheduled performers for Super Bowl XXXIX were chosen under heavy scrutiny.[11] Game organizers decided not to use a popular music vocalist.[12] The combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets were invited to perform. This was the first time since the second inauguration of President Richard Nixon in 1973 that all four service academies sang together.[9][13]

Two days after Super Bowl XLIII, it was revealed that Jennifer Hudson also had lip synced.[1] The revelation garnered little criticism.

At the beginning of Super Bowl XLV, Christina Aguilera sang the lyrics incorrectly. Instead of singing "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming", the pop star sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming".[14][15] According to the New York Times, she also changed "gleaming" to "reaming".[16]

Other patriotic performances

The following Super Bowls have also featured other patriotic performances besides the National Anthem:[17]

Pledge of Allegiance
"America the Beautiful"
"God Bless America"

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Hudson's Super Bowl Lip-Sync No Surprise to Insiders". 2009-02-03. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  2. ^ a b "A fitting wartime rendition". St. Petersburg Times. 1991-02-04.
  3. ^ "Warner can't match '07 magic vs. Steelers". 2009-02-02.,0,4188812.story. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  4. ^ "Our National Anthem: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Rolling Stone. 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  5. ^ Super Bowl XXV Highlight Film, NFL Films, 1991
  6. ^ a b "Oh, Say, Can She Sing". St. John's Downtown. 2004-01-31. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
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  9. ^ a b Byron, Master Sgt. David (February 1, 2005). "Super Bowl goes super blue". Air Force Print News ( Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  10. ^ Garth Brooks Official Site - Discography
  11. ^ Collins, Scott; James, Meg (February 4, 2005). "The Nation; After '04 Fiasco, Super Bowl Wants to Avoid Going Offsides". The Los Angeles Times: p. A01.
  12. ^ Sandomir, Richard (2005-02-14). "Football? They Play a Game?". Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  13. ^ "Cadets to sing at Super Bowl XXXIX". Air Force Print News. January 25, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  14. ^ James Callow (February 7, 2011). "Super Bowl 2011: Christina Aguilera defends national anthem gaffe". The Guardian.
  15. ^ Dean Schabner (February 6, 2011). "Christina Aguilera Mangles 'Star-Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl". ABC News.
  16. ^ Elizabeth A. Harris (February 6, 2011). "Singing, Aguilera Trips O’er Ramparts". New York Times.
  17. ^ "Super Bowl Entertainment". Retrieved 2012-02-21.