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Great Performances - The Combined Academy Choirs Sing The National Anthem

Last night, The Star-Spangled Banner, the official anthem of the United States of America, was sung by pop singer Christina Aguilera for the opening of Super Bowl XLV. Ms. Auguilera's rendition was, at best, a display of vocal agility and at worst, a self-important display with obvious flaws, including the incorrect lyrics being sung.


The National Anthem is a difficult song to sing, even when it is done traditionally. The majority of Americans do not even know the words, let alone attempt to sing them. Many celebrity singers have opened events with its performance over the years, to varying levels of success and attention. Basically, no one complains when you do a nice, traditional job on the Anthem, but everyone cries foul when it is misrepresented.


My two favorite renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner are both also performances that occurred at Super Bowls. The first is from Super Bowl XXXIX, when the combined Academy Choirs from the four branches of the U.S. Armed Services along with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets performed a very traditional yet stirring rendition.

Posted by ★ Owner on February 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM 2159 Views

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