Lady Gaga won great acclaim for her rendition of the American national anthem at Super Bowl 50 – but it’s no real wonder. A closer analysis of her performance shows that she was heavily inspired by a number of artists who sang it before. Was it a fitting tribute? Or a sneaky case of selective theft?
Being chosen to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon an American pop star. It is also one of the highest pressured. So, to help Idina Menzel on February 1st, we’ve analysed some of the more memorable performances of The Star Spangled Banner from the last 25 years.