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CherIt’s Super Bowl Sunday this weekend and Alicia Keys is slated to perform the National Anthem.

OK! Magazine has just done a review of their favorite performances of the National Anthem: http://www.okmagazine.com/news/top-10-super-bowl-national-anthem-performances-cher-kelly-clarkson-carrie-underwood-more

Their list:

  1. Whitney Houston –1991—what a wowee that was. I bought the single cassette!
  2. Faith Hill—2000
  3. Kelly Clarkson—2012
  4. Jennifer Hudson—2009
  5. Carrie Underwood—2010
  6. Jordin Sparks—2008
  7. Mariah Carey—2002
  8. Cher—1999
  9. Beyonce—2004
  10. The Dixie Chicks—2003

Note the FOUR American Idol singers (three AI winners) in this top ten list. Cher’s inclusion is striking because she’s not the same kind of singer as the others (with the exception of maybe the country sangers). Many would make the case that she’s the weakest singer on the list (if you split vocal hairs about this sort of thing). I chalk up her inclusion on all these favorites listings to the fact that Cher has become, not only a real American idol, but a national treasure.

Rolling Stone magazine’s list: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/the-most-memorable-super-bowl-national-anthem-performances-20120130.

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. The Dixie Chicks
  3. Faith Hill
  4. Beyonce
  5. Cher
  6. Carrie Underwood
  7. Jennifer Hudson
  8. Aretha Franklin, Aaron Neville & Dr. John (in a New Orleans Tribute)—2006
  9. Garth Brooks—1993
  10. Mariah Carey
  11. Luther Vandross—1997

They say about Cher:

She left the Bob Mackie headdress at home, but Cher's throaty take on "The Star-Spangled Banner" still had the pop icon's unmistakable style – not to mention some impressive notes.

Rolling Stone, still hating on the idea of spectacle (at least when it occurred in the 1970s). Get over it, Rolling Stone!

The site The Week also posted their list recently: http://theweek.com/article/index/239018/the-10-greatest-national-anthem-performances-in-super-bowl-history

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Luther Vandross
  3. Jennifer Hudson
  4. Cher
  5. Jordin Sparks
  6. The Dixie Chicks
  7. Beyonce (tie)
  8. Carrie Underwood (tie)
  9. Mariah Carey
  10. Vanessa Williams—1996

Their comments on Cher:

Cher can sing? Holy crap, Cher can sing! This was great. No complaints about Cher. The interpretive dancers were kind of weird, though. The Week's multimedia editor Lauren Hansen nails it: "Cher was surprisingly impressive, but like Mike Bloomberg with Lydia Callis, her spotlight was stolen."

Arbitrary diva rating: 90.4 percent Barry

This site also recommends Barry Manilow’s performance from 1984. I would heartily recommend his pitch perfect rendition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A795MW-Qpow

I would also recommend Marvin Gaye’s brilliant and chill-inducing performance from the 1983 NBA All-Star Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRvVzaQ6i8A

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Comments

jimmydeanpartee

i think Chers was the BEST:
she did not try to be like all the other higher-pitched singers whom just try to imitate and outdo each others performance with higher/longer notes.
i think that just becomes very annoying in try to listen to the song it's self, including, Whitney.

Like Gloria Estafan said about cher's performance:
"she stayed TRUE and RESPECTFUL to the Song"

jimmy

Cher Scholar

Where did Estafan say that? That's cool!

jimmydeanpartee

after the performance.
when all the media was there, interviewing everyone about the days'
activities.
at some point, Gloria
was being interviewed(because, i think Gloria
performed at the 1/2 time
show) and that was what she said.
Sad, that it was reported to be one of the lowest rated superbowls.

jimmydean

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