Who Are Some Famous or Infamous Singers of the National Anthem?


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Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston are some of the performers who have given famous renditions of the national anthem.. Infamous performances have been given by Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton and Kat DeLuna.

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Many of the most famous and infamous performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner" have occurred at the introduction to sporting events. Artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson have done so at the Super Bowl, performing in 2009, 2010 and 2012, respectively. Whitney Houston's performance of the song at Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991, has been called the greatest performances of the song in history, and the positive reception prompted Houston to release the song as a single.

Infamous performances of the national anthem include Roseanne Barr's performance at a San Diego Padres game in 1990 and Michael Bolton's rendition at a 2000 game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. One of the most notoriously awful renditions of the national anthem occurred at a Dallas Cowboys game in 2008, in which pop star Kat DeLuna botched the song so horribly, with off-key notes, misplaced lyrics and questionable vocal decisions, that she received a chorus of boos from the audience.

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